Terrie Hanke

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Good Vibes from Kids

I’m forever impressed by all the work that goes into hosting a checkpoint.  It’s an endeavor that brings the community, both young and old and everyone in-between together.  People cook and provide delicious food for the mushers and volunteers, there’s organizing the musher parking, readying places for the mushers and volunteers to sleep and of …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Better By 12 Days

This photo of a team coming into Nenana in 2017 caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First, it shows how concentrated traffic is coming into the first checkpoint of the race. Only 4 minutes earlier, DeeDee Jonrowe passed by and now there were four teams on the horizon – a photographer’s paradise even …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Look Behind You

DeeDee Jonrowe, running her 35th Iditarod in 2017, is approaching the checkpoint of Nenana at about 18:35.  The sun is dropping below the trees and the shadows are getting long.  Teams have been coming into the checkpoint one right after the other.  My attention, as well as my camera have been focused on the teams …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Schultz & Van Zyle Collaborate

What do you get when Jeff Schultz and Jon Van Zyle collaborate to create a piece of Iditarod Art? The result is guaranteed to be more stunning than any Iditarod fan could imagine! The photographer and artist have recently announced their joint effort. Schultz has photographed the Iditarod since the early 80’s and holds the …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Tanana Night Sky

Mushers often share vivd descriptions of the night sky they experience while running between checkpoints.  How would the dogs describe what they see of Mother Natures night time art?  Between sunset on March 8th of Iditarod XLV and sunrise of March 9th, she decorated Tanana’s night sky.  It was minus 28 degrees without even a …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Aliy at 4th & Cordova

Some race fans caller her Aliy, others fondly refer to her as the “Queen of Hearts.  Aliy Zirkle has been in Alaska for 25 years.  She moved to the Last Frontier to work for U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  She acquired her first sled dog, Skunk, and the rest is history.  Her career in long distance …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Mitch at 4th & Cordova

Look at the pure joy, excitement and energy in the eyes of the front end of Mitch Seavey’s team as they round the corner at 4th & Cordova.  1049 miles later, Seavey claimed his third Iditarod Championship, setting a new time record of 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes & 13 seconds.  Mitch’s first victory …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – 4th & Cordova

About six blocks from intersection at 4th and “D” Street where the Ceremonial Start begins, the teams take a right off 4th Avenue onto Cordova St. Interesting events take place at that corner.  In 2017 Jeff King, wearing bib #34, and his Iditarider rounded the corner…  From this photo sequence, you can see the rest …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Charley’s Day in Unalakleet

As the sun rises in Unalakleet during Iditarod XLV, Charley Bejna cooks up a gourmet breakfast for his canine athletes.  Up in the checkpoint, Middy Johnson and other villagers are preparing eggs, bacon and sourdough pancakes for mushers and volunteers. Sled dogs have voracious appetites.  During the race they consume roughly 10,000 calories each day. …


Eye On The Trail: Telephoto Story – Affectionate Sled Dogs

Yashinomi, a beautiful large yellow dog, running with Kristin Bacon is taking a rest in Unalakleet during Iditarod XLV.  Yashinomi is a pup from Bacon’s first litter,  the foundation of her Iditarod team.  Yashi is a very loving dog and gives kisses readily.  Smart dog to kiss the human who feeds you but Yashi seems to …