Good night from Huslia

It was another beautiful day in Huslia, Alaska.  The sun was warming and the sky was blue.  The mushers endured another cold night to make their way into the checkpoint.  You know it is cold when you say it is supposed to be warmer tonight, when warmer means -20℉.  Despite the cold some great photographs…

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Welcoming Arm in Huslia

Welcome to Huslia.  Huslia is a small village located on the banks of the Koyokuk river, which is a tributary of the Yukon River.  This is the home town of the late, great dog musher George Attla.  Huslia has a historical significance to the world of mushing and the Iditarod race that has made this…

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Still in Galena

Galena is a checkpoint that is usually only used when the trail runs the northern route on even years.  Since last year, 2014, was an even year the mushers, dogs, and volunteers stopped here.  2015 being an odd year the Iditarod Trail would not have made this a checkpoint but due to lack of snow…

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Trading a Ruby for a Galena

The mushers are making their way further west on the Yukon River and where ever they are going we are sure to follow.  Today we followed them from Ruby to Galena.  Tomorrow we will leave here and follow the dog teams to Huslia.  Here are a couple of photographs from our departure from Ruby and…

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Out of Tanana and into Ruby

Most of the mushers have left Tanana and are running the frozen Yukon River.  They will take 119 miles of the Yukon to get to the village of Ruby.  Some of the mushers will take a rest while a few will just check in and get back on the trail.  It was a nice sunny…

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Tanana in the Morning

Another cold morning in the bush.  We spent the night in the Tanana Teen Center.  First thing you do when you are sleeping with others who are also trying to find a place to stay is to stake out your spot.  Unroll your sleeping bag to claim your ground.  Make sure that your spot is…

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Leaving Manley Hot Springs Behind

Most of the mushers have checked in at the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint and are back on the trail to Tanana.  Here are a few more photographs from this afternoon.  Just like the mushers we are on the way too, but by plane and not a dog team…unfortunately!    

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Moving through Manley

The mushers have reached Manley Hot Springs.  This is their second checkpoint for the 2015 Iditarod.  This is the last checkpoint on the road system.  They are mushing through sub-zero temperatures today and last night to get here. Despite the cold weather, the dogs are still running with enthusiasm.  The Manley Hot Springs community is…

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Nenana Here we come.

Today is the re-start of the 2015 Iditarod.  Due to the lack of snow the re-start was moved from Willow to Fairbanks.  The last time the trail started in Fairbanks was 2003.  12 years later we are back again. A new crowd of excited fans that haven’t had the opportunity to witness The Last Great…

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And they're off!

Today was the Ceremonial Start of the 2015 Iditarod.  Mushers new and old gathered downtown on 4th Avenue to start The Last Great Race in front of thousands of elated fans.  They braved wind and rain on an unseasonably warm March day.  With the temperature hanging around the high 30’s, the snow that was brought…

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March 4, 2015

Today was the mandatory Veterinary Check for this years Iditarod.  Mushers brought their dogs to the Iditarod Headquarters so that volunteer veterinarians can make sure that the dogs are healthy to run in this years race.  The Veterinarians come from all over the world to give their time and expertise to make sure that the…

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Food Drop 2015

We’re 17 days away from the Iditarod Anchorage ceremonial start day. More and more preparations are going on. Last night I photographed a pilot planning meeting. Today a group of over 40 volunteers, including a large contingent from the Alaska Military Youth Academy, helped to unload, sort, tag, stack and move thousands of musher’s food…

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Straw Bagging

Iditarod is coming around the corner. It felt like “old-home week” again today when I went to Airland Transport and saw many of the same volunteers bagging over 1600 bales of straw. The assembly line precision made short work out of unloading, bagging, tagging, palletizing, shrink wrapping, labeling and reloading the straw. Amazing !! Here’s…

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Northern Lights 300 Wrap Up

I recently held my first ever dog mushing and night sky photography workshop during the Northern Lights 300 sled dog race at Winterlake Lodge — the turnaround checkpoint of the race. Despite a one-day weather delay in flying out to the lodge, it was a great success. There were 3 participants of the maximum of…

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Above the Fog

January 31, 2015 —  It was a clear day in Anchorage and just to the south, along Turnagain Arm, it was quite foggy.  As I drove toward it, I could see the fog ended not very far up.  I thought it’d be a great time to hike up through the fog and get above it. …

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Winter Landscapes

While the weather in Alaska has been quite odd this winter–not much snow, lots of warm weather–when the weather does cooperate I just enjoy driving to a location and hiking to find an interesting composition. Like this one here. It was a cold, crisp day. The sky was clear and temps cold for several nights…

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Turnagain Climbing

I went climbing with a friend, Randy, along the cliffs above Turnagain Arm looking for Sheep last week. No sheep on the climb, but the scenery was just spectacular. I did not notice such a varied light difference while viewing the scene. But then, when I shot this image and looked at the LCD it…

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Turnagain Sunburst

Here’s another shot from along the Turnagain Arm, this time featuring a beautiful sunburst. This was a 37 second exposure with a 10-stop neutral density filter and a 2 stop hard-edge split neutral density filter. 17mm at F/22 on a Canon 5D-mark III body.

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Turnagain Again

Once again I succumb to the Turnagain Arm majesty. It’s a GREAT place to shoot and SO close to home! This time it’s just before sunset a couple weeks ago. I stopped along the roadway because I liked what the clouds were doing. As I walked a few dozen yards I saw these stark trees…

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Turnagain Arm

I think Turnagain Arm, just south of Anchorage proper, is one of the most target-rich environments for photographers. It’s all there… water, mountains, wildlife, flowers and more. Turnagain Arm was named by William Bligh (as in Captain Bligh) when he served as Captain Cook’s sailing master looking for the Northwest Passage and had to “turn…

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Sunrise Sky Harbor

This morning I’m in my home-office, in the middle of sending an e-mail and look out to the south. I could see one small band of pink clouds on the horizon and a band of clear blue sky behind it. Without even thinking I told my assistant “I’ll be back”. Still in my lightweight house…

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Denali Workshop

I am REALLY excited to announce my fall Denali National Park Workshop. This year I’ll be leading a small group of like-minded photographers on a longer trip— 7 full days and 8 nights. It includes transportation from Anchorage, stops along the way, and the way back at some unique locations I’ve found over the years.…

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Ice Water Creek

It’s all in the motion … I spent a few hours looking for images along local Campbell Creek. I just enjoy my time alone looking for nature art. I found this area where the ice had formed over some rocks as the water slid over and around them. This is a good example of using…

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The Seward Highway Moon

We recently had a full moon on a nice clear night. I was out early at 4 am to photograph the moonlight on the snow-covered mountains around Turnagain Arm. I used both long and short exposures for various affects.  I used a 30 second exposure on images where I wanted to show the car head…

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