Alaskans are not observers, we are participants. We wait patiently for the first run of kings and anticipate the first clear, frigid night that delivers an exploding aurora.
By necessity we are also planners. We plan equally for the glorious blessings and for the potential earthquakes and avalanches, Chinook winds and breakup.
There’s a special rhythm to Alaska’s seasons.
Although minutes of daylight are shaved from our days beginning in June, it’s only the yellowing leaves of September that seem to mark a rapid end of summer.
October snows stretch into the frigid days of November.
While December is our darkest month, the Winter Solstice also marks the subtle addition of more light each day as the pendulum begins its slow swing back toward extended daylight.
We have a family tradition that’s been 30 years in the making. After the holiday turkey and presents on Christmas Day, with whatever family is nearby, we take a walk along whatever beach or trail is closest.
In Juneau we walked along Auke Bay, listening for an eagle or raven, expecting a few seals or a raft of mallards or eiders. This year the walk will be along Potter Marsh south of Anchorage, or up one of the trails into the Chugach, with hungry moose almost a sure thing in knee-deep snow.
Those walks are a chance to reflect on the year that’s rapidly closing, and wonder what the year ahead will bring. And on the magic of the place we call home.
It’s good to take stock, to reflect on the past, but also plan for the future. That’s true with your favorite magazine too. With the New Year you’ll see some changes in Alaska magazine.
We are fiercely devoted to the 75-year legacy of Alaska magazine and its ancestor The Alaska Sportsman. We are also committed to this vision: Alaska magazine is for and about those who love Alaska.
In the coming year we plan to give you even more in your Alaska magazine.
- More prominent, glorious photos of all that is Alaska—our wildlife, our mountains and forests, glaciers and seas, our people.
- More celebration of our Native peoples, their art, culture and history.
- More tips on how you can experience Alaska first-hand.
- More Alaskans telling you what they love about their own slice of Alaska.
- More digital venues for you to enjoy Alaska as you like, whether by tablet, smart phone or Website, while maintaining the print edition.
As with the seasons unfolding in our Great Land, we want you to experience the changes.
And as always, celebrate Alaska!
— Lee Leschper is Alaska Regional Vice President for Morris Communications and oversees several Morris publications including Alaska magazine.