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700 mile by Exileden 700 mile by Exileden
We were at faraway remote villages to photograph checkpoints of Iditarod race. I swear, the best experience comes when you are on distant checkpoints. Experiencing Iditarod with only Willow or Ceremonial Day races without checkpoints is nothing. The real Iditarod is on the trail, not on start nor finish.
I cannot get over how amazing experience was in remote areas. Far away from civilization.

As I've been and witnessed in many mushing events, participated, handled and so on, I've seen dogs crossing the finish line after run and resting... but on Iditarod, I've never seen such exhausted dogs! As soon as they crossed the checkpoint line, stopped for break they instantly went to sleep. They were so tired that...

... that's right, these dogs ran 700+ miles at that moment. Here how a dog after 700 miles looks like.

I really admire the legendary, wonderful stamina of these athletic animals. I can also tell that they really enjoy that run. That was so beautiful for me to watch them for couple hours, observe and feel them that I almost cried.
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Dobbylyn72 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning!
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leopard3431 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the black and white it looks very peaceful
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Here are how the dogs look after 700+ miles...

Dogs: Zzzzzzzzzzz.....

Gives more perspective to the phrase "dog tired".
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the rhythm created by the shapes in this picture. Nice work. Really stunning!
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kitsumara-hana Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those look like some tired puppies. I have always loved the Iditarod race and the stories behind it.
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scarlet-dahlia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning photo.
I hope the event was as amazing as I believe it would be. I hope you had fun as well! Can't ait to see more images from the event!
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Teavian Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow, this race looks like it was unforgettable and amazing! Dogs really do have a lot of strength.
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EvolutionBreed Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It must be wonderful to have the freedom to go places like that, as a long term admirer I hope you can go where you wish, you are free as the wind and as fast as a boat with a sail on the wind. Keep drawing, designing and painting I give my full support to you and you're dreams.
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addenbrooke-matron Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
beautiful moment! thank you for sharing it!
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Unseeliesoul Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this picture it captures story, heart, and determination!
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
awesome and beautiful
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ShiroIri Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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J4nJ3k Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing photography! <3
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Swiftlook Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Really beautiful photographie you're really so lucky i would saw them too !! ^^
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Art-by-Eos Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that is a level of satisfied exhaustion I've never seen; poor things didn't even wait to have their harnesses removed, but I don't think they mind so much. :D
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lynchkidme Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NAWWW WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PHOTO
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chancludojoe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
wonderful photo :)
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing photo!! I've never seen what a sled dog looks like after 700 miles :) They really do look exhausted, lol...
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sonofalion Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Sled dogs. They are so impressive in their loyalty and endurance. Rest easy sled team.
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rebelin19891 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
props :thumbsup:
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RockerRainMarie Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
They areso cute when they sleep :heart:
Great pic :thumbsup:
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Fb-PHE13 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such sleepy dogs! Well, the deserve a good long rest after running 700 miles! I wish I was able to see something like that.
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BlackSeaFoam Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
they look so cozy c: Those dogs have pretty much the best life a dog can possibly have.

Oh man I know what you feel ;-; I can't even put it into words, watching dogs work. It's just a good, happy feeling. Because dogs are so good and so honest and so amazing they deserve to have purpose in their life and have fun with their friends on the road for miles and miles with good food and warm hay c:

Is this one of the Seavey teams? I know they use those cross-tree harnesses which remind me of the ones that people used in the old days.

Your photography, as always, A+ exquisite
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Exileden Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Yes that's M. Seavey's team. I wanted to meet Dallas Seavey though but I didn't :B
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BlackSeaFoam Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah so awesome that you got to meet some Seavey dogs, even if they were sleeping cx aww I'd love to meet Dallas too, he seems like such a nice, easy going person.

I love how in the background you can see all those other photographers probably taking pictures and interviewing Mitch, but you're in the back taking photos of the pups.
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Exileden Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Yeah, I wasn't interested in being in all hype with musher but with dogs. I love dogs more than humans and actually, truthfully... dogs team deserve more praise than mushers. Of course, both musher and team do very hard work and extreme effort in that race but I want to have notice more on dogs since usually everyone is all about mushers. They also deserve to be praised.

Next year I'm hoping to *cough* stalk *cough* Dallas :D
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BlackSeaFoam Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree!

haha yeah Dallas is so cool. I don't know if you've seen his youtube account, but he posts really great videos of his dogs and stuff [link]
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Exileden Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Oh, I haven't seen since I'm no Youtube or TV watching person. But thanks!
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animallover1990 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
why not stalk Brent Sass www.wildandfreealaska.com
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Eszra01 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so damn jealous! I adore this damn race! Iditarod is just beautiful. And the story, nothing beats the tale of Balto and Togo too, even though I still think Balto was more amazing, and no I don't just like him because of the animated film, I know my history. Sucks he couldn't have pup's though.
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Exileden Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I think I'm still dreaming that I've witnessed Iditarod race in person. Though, I do not like nor support over-commercialized races (yesh... crappy crowds, commercial and $$$..) but experiencing Iditarod, now I see the beautiful art of that race. There aren't many omghawt sports that can be so experiencing, inspiring and life related. I dont know how to put words or anything but I'm sure that experience has changed my view on sports.
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Eszra01 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could go watch it! So beautiful! Plus I love those dogs!
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SilverDragon90 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really sounds like an experience of a lifetime.
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Exileden Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
It is. I very cherish that opportunity that I could witness. Though it wasn't easy to make it real.
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Servain Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. Truly amazing creatures.
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ALDAL Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
what are the requirements to participate in one of those races?
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Exileden Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
On iditarod.com you'll find out exact details how to participate.
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mercmech Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I glad to see there are a lot of qualifications required. And lots of paperwork, it seems. Don't want any idiot taxing the life of the dogs.

As a kid, when I heard about this race, I didn't think much of it, bot now, I know a thousand miles is unfathomably long way to go. I truly salute these animals and their caretakers. Very impressive.
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LupusDream Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow it is amazing and right now i am sure they are taking a much needed rest. they look so cute all curled up
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