I must have flown between Sitka and Ketchikan at least 100 times in the past 30 years. Most of the times it has been overcast. When it isn’t, I usually have an aisle seat, my preference. Ten days ago, flying through Ketchikan to Seattle, Alaska Airlines upgraded me to first class in a window seat. It was midday and a weather front was coming in. The sun was low enough in the December sky and we were high enough to give the effect of sunrise at noon. We broke through the overcast as we crossed Baranof Island and headed south down Chatham Strait toward Cape Ommaney. We flew over Kuiu and Prince of Wales Islands turned, passing Annette, and flew into Ketchikan. Here are some pictures.