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Photos: Palmer, 99645

The setting sun turns the Talkeetna Mountains pink on January 4, 2012.
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Skiers on Canoe Lake near Palmer.
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The sun rises over the Chugach range on the 2011 winter solstice. Pioneer Peak is on the left.
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The morning sun colors the Talkeetna Mountains and Hatcher Pass on December 21, 2011.
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The Mat-Su Master Gardeners float drives along S. Alaska Street in Palmer during the 2011 Colony Christmas parade on Saturday, December 10.
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Clear skies over southcentral Alaska on Saturday morning allowed for great viewing of the lunar eclipse.
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A cow moose browses in a Palmer, Alaska backyard.
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A moose-ravaged garden (that's the remains of a cabbage in the foreground).
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Frozen gazania in a Palmer garden.
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The first frost of the season clings to a sunflower near Palmer on Tuesday, September 27.
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A flock of swans feed in a pond alongside the Glenn Highway near Palmer on Sunday, September 25.
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A flock of swans feed in a pond next to the Glenn Highway on Sunday, September 25.
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Snow from a recent storm caps Pioneer Peak on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
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Hikers on the April Bowl trail in Hatcher Pass on Sunday, September 19.
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High bush cranberries
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Kong Thao cuts broccoli crowns.
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Fall colors on Canoe Lake.
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Gratuitous kitten picture.
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Riding the ferris wheel at the 2011 Alaska State Fair.
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Cabbage Fairy Carla Swick throws Brussels sprouts to the crowd before the start of the 2011 Alaska State Fair Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off on September 2.
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The cabbage fairies were on hand for the 16th annual giant cabbage weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, September 2. Grower Steve Hubacek captured first place with a 126.4-pound entry, just shy of his 127 pound world record.
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Garrison Keillor’s performs for a sold-out house during “A Prairie Home Companion Summer Love Tour” at the 2011 Alaska State Fair on August 28.
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Wild blueberries in Hatcher Pass, Alaska.
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Ada Davis holds a 3-week old piglet from the family farm during the Matanuska Farm Tour on Thursday.
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A romanesco cauliflower head at the Glacier Valley Farm Barn Market in Palmer on Saturday, August 6.
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Termination dust whitens the top of Matanuska Peak.
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A foal nurses as its mother looks on in a pasture off Farm Loop Road in Palmer.
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A barbed wire fence splits a field of fireweed near Palmer.
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Signs at the Trunk Road roundabout in the Valley.
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A hot-house roman candle tomato.
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A swallowtail butterfly alights on a lilac bush near Palmer on June 17, 2011.
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An angler battles a rainbow trout on Long Lake near Palmer on Sunday, June 12. The lake, located in Kepler-Bradley State Park, is catch-and-release only.
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Ben Vanderweele plants potatoes in a field off Outer Spring Loop on May 27, 2011.
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Central Mat-Su firefighter Justin Ortolano battles a training fire at the University of Alaska's Experimental Farm near Palmer on Tuesday, May 17
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Vangie Alexander milks a cow at Tranquility Heights Farm near Palmer.
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Onion seedlings await planting at Vanderweele Farm on May 10
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Migrating birds, including sandhill cranes, canada geese and snow geese, gather in a hay field near the Palmer airport on Thursday, April 28.
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Graffiti (before and after) in a Palmer parking lot.
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A composite image of the December 2010 lunar eclipse
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Cracks in the ice on Canoe Lake near Palmer
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A horse-drawn sleigh travels down E. Dahlia Avenue in Palmer during the Colony Christmas celebration
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The nearly full moon rises over Pioneer Peak
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Ice covers a crabapple in a yard near Palmer
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The late evening sun shines through a heavy rain shower near Palmer, Alaska
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October leaves
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A sign outside of Klondike Mike's Saloon in Palmer.
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Morning fog and a pair of Colony barns at the foot of the Chugach Mountains near Palmer.
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Exploring the town of Palmer, Alaska, one photo at a time. That's Palmer, not Wasilla. Only 11 miles apart, the two valley towns are siblings -- with all the familiarity and rivalry -- but with very different characters.