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Musher Laura Neese of Nature's Kennel after her Iditarod Insider interview, moving up in the chute and just moments away from heading down the trail in the 2017 Iditarod - Go Laura!
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Our Great Gray Owl is back, and I was able to get some amazing video this time! I hope you enjoy these clips - we were able to watch him hunt for a good 30 minutes, right outside the kitchen window!

On a snowy February day outside Delta Junction, Alaska, my husband and I were fortunate enough to witness a beautiful creature, the Great Gray Owl. This Stri...
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I wanted to share the video of the second half of the Yukon Quest. I wasn't able to document my journey as much as I'd hope for a lot of reason, but I hope to do a facebook live with recap and other info soon. How fortunate I feel to have been a part of such an amazing event! And to work with so many talented folks

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Yukon Quest - Official Site is with Historic Sites, Parks Canada, Dredge No.4 National Historic Site.

The remaining teams for the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race arrive in Dawson City. They face the wilderness, summits, and frozen rivers in un...predictable weather, all with their final destination of Whitehorse, Yukon in their minds. This video captures the journey and emotion of these teams for the second half of their journey from Dawson City, Yukon to the finish in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Look who came to visit me tonight! I was sitting here at my desk, playing with photos when my husband said "your owl is back." Sure enough - I came to the kitchen and there he was, about 5 feet off my kitchen window, sitting on my strawberry gutters. He seemed just as curious about me as I am about him. He sat there for quite a while, then headed off to hunt, I presume. Ten minutes later he swooped out of a tree and flew right in front of my office window - he was about 3 feet from it as he flew by. He must have a wing span of over 4 feet! Gorgeous animal #greatgrayowl #alaskabird

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Video of the first half of the race. What a great team effort! Look especially for the snowy tree timelapse in Central from yours truly. Such a magical time! #YQ2018

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Twenty-six teams departed Fairbanks, Alaska on February 3rd, 2018 for the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race. They face the wilderness, summits,... and frozen rivers in unpredictable weather, all with their final destination of Whitehorse, Yukon in their minds. This video captures the journey and emotion of these teams for the first half of their journey from Fairbanks, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon.

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My time with the Yukon Quest has quickly come to an end. I wish I could have gone the entire way to the finish, but was so happy to have had the opportunity to work with an amazing team to this point. I had some real challenges due to weather and equipment issues, but am happy I was able to get some great photos and help to promote such an amazing event. Thanks to Whitney McLaren for having me as part of the visual content team; thanks Seth Adams and Cameron Webber for haulin...g me around and putting up with me; and I just didn't see enough of you Chance Mclaren and Julien Schroder but glad for the time we got to spend working together; and thanks to Pixie Ingram and her amazing crew who get it done. Now I can't wait to follow along like everyone else from home, wishing I were there. What an amazing and wild ride! Below is a photo from the Central, Alaska checkpoint of the dog yard with teams resting below a beautiful starry night. Make sure you follow along on the Yukon Quest - Official Site facebook page and the website at www.yukonquest.com

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Teams camped out under the snowy trees at the Central checkpoint

Meet the Yukon Quest Visual Content Team - including yours truly!

Not everyone can come to the Yukon Quest, but they can feel as though they’re experiencing it thanks to a talented team of photographers. Their pictures and videos allow people from all over the world to travel with sled dog teams that race 1,000 miles through snow-covered wilderness. The photogra...
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Last night was the draw banquet! Check out our team's amazing photos!

Yukon Quest - Official Site added 219 new photos to the album: YQ 2018 - Start Banquet.

Tonight was the Start and Draw Banquet, mushers went on stage, drew their bib number and thanked their sponsors, surrounded by great people and great food.

Here are some of the photos I took this evening during the Yukon Quest 2018 Meet the Musher event. Make sure to check out the entire album!

Yukon Quest - Official Site added 93 new photos to the album: YQ 2018 - Meet the mushers — with Tim Pappas and Mari Andrade Oqzo.

All the mushers were present tonight at La Quinta Inn & Suites Fairbanks for Meet the Mushers. Many people came by to say hi, have their posters signed and cheer the mushers on before they start on Saturday. Thank you to Fred Meyer for sponsoring the event!

The Yukon Quest adventure begins!

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Video of the vet checks in Fairbanks!

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Pre-race vet checks are where all the dogs undergo a thorough physical examination before the race starts. What exactly happens at a vet check? Take a peek!

Sheer madness as I pack for the Yukon Quest

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Another busy day in Fairbanks as mushers brought their teams for their Vet Checks - Check out the photos from the entire Visual Content Team for the 2018 Yukon Quest

Yukon Quest - Official Site added 132 new photos to the album: YQ 2018 Vet Checks - Fairbanks — with Smokin' Ace Sled Dog Kennels and Jason Campeau - Atka Kennel.

The excitement builds as mushers bring their dogs to the pre-race vet check.
Thanks to Summit Logistics Inc. for hosting the event in Fairbanks and to Northerm ...Windows and Doors for hosting it in Whitehorse. A huge thanks to the volunteer veterinarians from UAF Veterinary Medicine, Aurora Animal Clinic, and North Pole Veterinary Hospital in Fairbanks and Alpine Veterinary Medical Centre in Whitehorse.

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So I guess we had really clear skies and aurora last night? Really? Here's the deal (in bullet points):
1. I'm not getting any younger
2. We've had more snow this year than in a long time and most of my shooting spots are buried
3. It was -35 below last night
4. The Yukon Quest is next week which means I will be outside in that -35 (or worse), sleeping in cars or on floors (when I do get to sleep), and running around like a crazy person...
End result - I DID NOT go outside! I'm saving myself lol - so here is a little ditty from a couple of years ago during the Yukon Quest. I hope you all will follow me. I'll post as much as I can about my personal experiences, but the photos will be posted on the Yukon Quest social media pages as I'm part of their Visual Content Team and will be out there working hard for them! Enjoy!

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An aurora show during the 2016 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race at the Braeburn, Yukon Checkpoint as musher Laura Neese cares for her team of dogs
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Here is a great little video about what it takes to get to the start of the race - food drops. Video from the Yukon Quest Visual Content Team was used, mine included. Enjoy!

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Have you ever been curious about the logistics surrounding food drop? Lots of work but also lots of excitement with it being the kick-off event of race time! Take a peek at the 2018 food drop in Fairbanks.

I saw something very cool tonight, and even though this isn't the best photo, I couldn't help but share it with you. We've been seeing this Great Grey Owl since fall. He is very large and a couple a times I've seen him zoom past my office window, and my husband once saw him perched on a fence post around our garden. Tonight, I was working on my computer and looked up and at that moment, he was about 6 feet from me, outside my window, staring directly at me. Immediately he flew but didn't go far and I was able to capture this photo out our living room window. Mind you, it was almost completely dark so this image could have been much better. But what a beautiful creature! Hopefully we'll see more of him, and perhaps he will allow me to get a better photo!

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Exciting news! This year, I have the awesome opportunity to be a member of the Yukon Quest Visual Content Team, photographing the race and all it's preliminary events. Today in Fairbanks, mushers and handlers brought their drop bags which will then be transported to each checkpoint on the Yukon Quest trail. I hope you'll join me and follow along! - Tracey Mendenhall Porreca, Birch Leaf Photography