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This journal will contain some great photographs of a winter paradise.


On December, a friend of mine, musher known as a legend, the great mentor to me has passed away, I traveled up to the mountains and went on mushing alone (skijoring: cross-country skiing + sled dog, it looks like that: i.pinger.pl/pgr221/0fa2234e000… but with a dog pulling you) with my leader Arnaq. Instead spending Christmas at cozy places, I've been very hardly training cross-country skiing (skate style) alone and with my dog as well. On that month I've been doing negatively physically as well mentally, especially that feeling of emptiness after losing someone where you will never see this person again- sport was absolutely to best thing to help myself to overthink many things and make me to stand on feet properly. 

But other than sport by itself I did but that trip was kind of my personal memorial for that musher who passed away. In his name I went on mushing. For him. As a proof of how he inspired me in many ways. 

Being exhausted (I happen to over-exhaust myself during physical activity, I'm insane with it) I've made to the most beautiful place which was on the edge of peaks. The road was fully surrounded with heavens.


I was in heaven.

I found a peace in my heart. I was happy. I feel a powerful drive of inspiration and his presence in my soul, where I am not anymore sad and desperated. 

Just I know that we don't have to follow what people do (i.e. pray to churches for his pathway in afterlives, funerals which are depressing) but what your heart tells you to do. My heart has told me presence of him surrounded in vast landscapes of mountains, surrounded with heavens and.. that's technically what he loved during his lifetime- snow, nature, mushing and dogs. That's sort of a memorial we can do to someone who passed away.

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That's how my long road to the heavens to meet with my mentor spiritually. When I stared on the sky filled with clouds below me, now I am very sure he has met up with G'Kilaq who was his most beloved leader of the team and along with six greenland dogs he is on the very long road amongst stars..... 

Then by returning to home, nature has granted some wonders...

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StarlightAngel-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cleaning out old saved journals, I never commented on this one. I apologize for only just now commenting, how could I not?
What an experience that must have been.
Then to be surrounded by the majesty of nature as a rememberance. That is so. much. snow. never seen so much before!
Those photos are breathtakingly beautiful. I especially love the ones of your dog pulling in front, the one she's shaking off the snow, and that final picture :heart:
Thank you for sharing part of your experience and feelings with us.
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starling16 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what to say exactly firstly because I'm too busy smiling and secondly because everyone here has said everything I could've anyway. Smiling because of what you've done and your relationship etc that is not because of the passing away. Argh this is going wrong already! Anyway, I just wanted to comment, to let you know, um, how cool you are. I don't know how else to put it :')
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CommanderWolf1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry about the link! I hit the wrong key!
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CommanderWolf1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful pictures! I sorry to hear about him[link] but I'm sure he is happy you honored him.
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ArtLover25 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend/mentor, but that was a lovely thing to do in his memory. Those photos are also gorgeous, and now we all can see part of what made his (and your) life such an adventure! :)
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GrimmPrime Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
May the best come to you and I wish you well, you're completely worth it and I'm glad you two held such close bonds.
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Erzdaemon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Somehow I envy your life. You're a really great person and I wish the best for you in the future.
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Teavian Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Digital Artist
I think that's the best tribute you could ever have for him. Doing what he loved in his honor, and getting to see such a beautiful landscape at the same time.
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veinne Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a really inspiring journal. :hug:
A beautiful way to honor your mentor. :)

..and on a less serious note, your dog is so fluffy and cute! :la:
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   General Artist
This is so beautiful; I'm speechless.
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BaneEden Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I love how you would explore to remember a loved one. I would have done the same thing, but there isn't really any were to go were I live:/ and these photos are just beautiful:heart: I've never stepped nor touched snow before, so its always a delight to see pictures of them :aww:And the trees remind me of a winter wonderland. The atmosphere of the area also looks so peaceful, calm, and nothing to bother it. Like theres no people who live around there. Complete solitude by the way it look..
P.S- what type of camrea do you use? just curious^^
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Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I use Sony A77 with 16-50 f.2.8 lens.
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BaneEden Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool^^
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful way to remember someone.
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Aistar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   General Artist
Whoa

That location is breathtaking.. was this out in Greenland?
Btw, your photography really captures the serenity of that area.
It's beautiful...
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DrazziElder Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree with you that we do not need any established religion to tell us how to mourn. I dislike funerals. They feel like a show and I hate that. I prefer to mourn by remembering the person that has left. And that is how I keep them with me always, by remembering the times we spent together. Sometimes I write something on their name, or just stare at the sky when the sun is low or at night. Why do I do it? I can't be sure. But it brings me peace and comfort.
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PheonixxFoxx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a great way to honor your mentor, such breath taking scenery...:)
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temary44 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is all so beautiful! I hope one day I'll be able to go to the north and see wonderful landscapes like these! And is that a shooting star on the 4th photo from bottom to top?
Good luck with future adventures!
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r3n33gurl101 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
This was so beautiful..You have me tearing up..Your words and everything are just perfect
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GuardianDragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is some of the most beautiful imagery I have ever seen. Creation is a wonder to behold. I'm happy that you felt close to your friend when you found this place.
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killjoy8892 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing.
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Qzurr Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Like a dream!
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GoodGirl-BadGirl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Awesome pictures :)
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Arohtar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous photos. I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm glad you've found a way to remember him and what he meant to you.
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Illuminaiae Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm truly sorry for your loss, but I feel like you've found some peace by honoring his memory in this way, as he was a mentor and friend to you. I'm sure he's smiling and proud of you.

Beautiful pictures.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
What a way to go do some traveling! :"D It is all so beautiful! More beautiful than Colorado mountains by a million! Wow, Is this the Tatra(spelling ?) mountains you went to earlier this year?
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Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
No ;)

I don't like spoiling my special places, sorry.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
lol I figured as much. XD How silly of me to ask.
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Frozen-Inferno Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Those pictures are AMAZING. I wish I was there.
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Valkeus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a wonderful way to remember someone :aww: Your photos and description are so full of life, not death.
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MorgonStarr Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Absolutely beautiful. I hope to someday visit a place like that :)
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Perkelee Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ależ przepiękne miejsca.
Uwielbiam twoje zdjęcia i mam nadzieje że też kiedyś wybiore się z psem w takie miejsce
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
very awesome and beautiful
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Ashira-Rain Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Oh man! I need to live there!!!!! So much snow and trees. where is this place at? And the pics you took! just ugh so gorgeous! I wish I could see stuff like this in my inbox everyday.
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Riitual Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I love reading your journals. The provide such a wonderful and peaceful outlook on life that is not often seen in today's world.

Your views and how you go about doing things are inspirational to me. I originally watched you for your art all those years ago and now, although your art is still beautiful, I often find myself looking forward to new journals from you more so than new drawings.

The photographs you included are stunning and it is images of such wonderful places that inspire me to go out and find equally awe-inspiring locations within my own country. Perhaps I shall plan my own journey during the summer when I have the time to do so.
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   General Artist
Wow! It really does look like heaven on earth there :D
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is so beautiful! I love all the pictures! So unique and the colors are breathtaking!
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Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Colors were exactly like that in real life! They were so magical and splendid.
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am really jealous but so happy you have a chance to experience this! I wish I could've been there to see this amazing, beautiful place! It looks like one can easily get lost in the solace of nature there!
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Art-by-Eos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the pictures of your Arnaq playing in the snow! Was that a frozen lake he/she was standing on in the ninth one down?
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Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
There was no lake ;)
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Art-by-Eos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. :XD: The surface was so flat (minus the blobs of snow) it looked like a frozen lake, lol.
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dancingwaters97 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Took my breath away. And I'm so sorry for your loss, and it makes me happy that you went out and did something instead of moping around in depression like most people do when they lose someone close to them.
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Exileden Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
What I've learned... is that religion (or even just tradition) made us to mope down for dead ones. When someone passes away, the most depressing moments are funerals which is kind of "Last Road" or ceremony. You have to do funeral with church, where church people are leading it according by their belief of God. Because religion (not counting Buddhism) represents a God as someone who is above us and we are minors, and even, with Catholic, often are represented as guilty people. There is a lot of negativity with religion leaded by catholics (I'm saying with catholic example since I was one), moping us down (every speeches in church, priests always mention how much we are guilty that Jesus perished for us and so on. Indeed, yes spread the love and peace, but you are a Jesus's/God servant. Not on your own will but on Gods.). On funerals it's quite depressive. Priests do not advice, help or even suffer people who lost but asks to remain silent and there is no place for happines. There is a lot of depressing interacting energy between people and by ages it taught us to cry and be depressed when we lose someone than to stand on feet, be inspired, be happy what they have done for us and go forward. I know that person is still with us. It's not with us because we decided to believe in that way and depressing energy consumes us and MAKES that spiritual person to not be with us. But once we are happy, that spirit will aid us.

I'm sure all who passed away want us to be happy. Still to be remembered by us, but in a positive way, take all lessons and inspiration we have learned from people who were still on earth and use it for our life. Just imagine, if a spirit of passed one is observing us on the Last Road, think how the spirit would feel seeing on funeral all their friends, families and loved ones wearing in black and moping out of depression? How would you feel?

That's why I've learned, once someone passes away, I want to do happy, well more correct word would be inspiring or positive ceremonies of that person's last road- which is a memorial.
I've came with idea and we are going to organize a great memorial race for him where we all mushers we show up and stand on podium, glazing up on skies, raising a torch for him. Memory that person with a pride, love, joy, be inspired and bring all lessons into actions! He is among us!

that's just my own observation.
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dancingwaters97 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My thoughts exactly. My friend's friend committed suicide a while ago and she just fell into a fit of depression. I pretty much said the exact same thing you did above, and it shed a new light for her. She decided to do something about it, and she's back to her normal self now. While her friend is irreplaceable, she knows that he wouldn't want to see her sad.

With the religion, that's why I don't like Christianity or Catholicism. I prefer Native American religions. While the passing of their loved ones was a sad time, their burial ceremonies were gorgeous. They made it happy. They danced and sang, and reminisced on their lives. Which is why, I'm proud say, that I am part Cherokee Native American :)

And that ceremony sounds absolutely wonderful! He is probably very proud of you for doing what you are doing. You are a wonderful person in all that you do, and I send you the best of wishes.
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Aistar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   General Artist
Whoa..

When I read the 2nd paragraph just there
it was a real slap in the face :o
It would be pretty awful seeing your loved ones weeping about your passing at a church and the priests not offering comfort to them, especially when you yourself are passing by..
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RexiPoo123 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
I absolutely love that idea. You are a wonderful person with a great imagination and mind I am so inspired by this right now. Thank You.
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Xtreme11296 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I have the same opinion! People should understand that death is part of life and to learn to think positive towards all situations, not only death, knowing that those who pass away will be free of the sufferments of this world.

I believe that we were truly guilty of sin, but when we accept Jesus all guilt is off our shoulders. We are free to walk with Jesus and truly love Him.
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Dragnia Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous in every way. I'm glad you're better now, as well :3 It must have been a beautiful experience.
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LupusDream Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow... it looks so beautiful and so cold at the same time.
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