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Photographing The Yukon Quest

As  the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is celebrating its 30th running, I searched my archives for some memorable moments during the years I covered the race as a photographer. This one from 2001, taken on the jumbled ice of the Yukon River between Eagle and Circle, is one that stands out. I was flying in a Supercub above the trail with volunteer Quest pilot Ron Dearborn of Fairbanks when we spotted a musher driving his team through the jumbled ice. Ron started circling closer and he found a narrow landing spot on the river to put down his plane. I hurried over to the trail and found these amazing chunks of ice that were stacked on top of each other. I had barely time to get my camera set up when the musher, Joran Freeman, drove his team past me. It was an incredible Quest photographer moment where subject, light and composition all came together.

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