And here's a photo of the Chugach that edge Anchorage. If this were a painting, some folks would complain it was just patterns, but this is an undoctored photo.
AND, most amazing, here are the new leaves today on the birch tree out front. It's April 21. The earliest I ever remember fully budded leaves on the birch was around May 7. Usually it wasn't until the end of May. OK, I'm not sure about last year. We were in LA with my mom about this time and there were leaves on the cottonwoods when we got back on May 13. Then we headed for Denali where things weren't green yet.
When we got to Anchorage in 1977 we were told not to plant anything until June 1. This year I put in sweet pea seeds on April 3, because over the years spring comes earlier and earlier.