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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  Student General 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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