17 March 2015

Gorgeous Photos Of Sled Dogs Juxtaposed With Alaska’s Majestic Backdrops

Photographer Katie Orlinsky is on a mission to explore and document how climate change results in vanishing ways of life across Alaska.

Her ongoing project, ‘Chasing Winter’, showcases some of the most remote and obscure cultures and lifestyles that might be affected by climate change.

One of which is dog sled racing, also known as ‘mushing’.

The New York-based photographer wrote: “For the past several years the mushers have struggled with a new set of challenges due to the effects of climate change, such as shrinking snowpack and increasingly unreliable river ice. Many of the sport’s premier races have been cancelled entirely. With some of the warmest winters and wettest summers on record, everything from training in the summer to racing in the winter is in flux.”

Check out some photos below and view more of her works on her website and Instagram.

You might also be interested in this beautiful photo collection of Siberian Huskies lazing around and having fun, and these stunning portraits of the ‘world’s hardest-working dogs’.

Big Mike, Dream, Brock, Lobben, Goblin and "Boat" Mike on a run at Sebastian Schnuelle's Blue Kennels on the Herbert Glacier. More work from the glacier to come soon! :) #alaska #bluekennels #sleddogs #glacier

A photo posted by Katie Orlinsky (@katieorlinsky) on Jul 14, 2014 at 8:39pm PDT

I am finally Alaska bound! First stop @bwildfree the Wild and Free Kennel currently home to 32 dogs and 12 puppies! With 8 more pups on the way! Here's Brent Sass and the Wild and Free team running the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest race in February shot for @redbulletin #beyondtheordinary #wildandfreemushing #yukonquest #dogs #mushing http://ift.tt/1Lm6ByM

A photo posted by Katie Orlinsky (@katieorlinsky) on Jun 18, 2014 at 3:14pm PDT

Chica gets bootied up before Yukon Quest musher Brent Sass and team Wild and Free @bwildfree leave Eagle, Alaska the night before. They just arrived at the next checkpoint, Circle, in the lead. #YQ2015 #Alaska #mushing #dogsledding #onassignment for @natgeo News.

A photo posted by Katie Orlinsky (@katieorlinsky) on Feb 14, 2015 at 9:41am PST

Chase heads back to his house post photo-shoot (no need for a seamless when you're in a white-out!) #juneau #alaska #glacier

A photo posted by Katie Orlinsky (@katieorlinsky) on Jul 16, 2014 at 11:57am PDT

Allen Moore and the @spkennel dog team leaving Central, #Alaska during the Yukon Quest.

A photo posted by Katie Orlinsky (@katieorlinsky) on Mar 9, 2015 at 12:05am PDT

Sled dog sack race! No, these canine athletes were dropped from Yukon Quest teams due to injury, fatigue or strategy at the Eagle checkpoint which is reachable only by plane, so they had to be flown out. The sacks keep them calm while in flight and are absurdly adorable to boot. #onassignment for National Geographic News #YQ2015 #Alaska #yukonquest

A photo posted by Katie Orlinsky (@katieorlinsky) on Feb 20, 2015 at 2:24pm PST

I'm finally back in NYC, but wanted to post one more glacier snap- me and Rampage! After 6 days on on the glacier I finally gained Rampage's trust and affection...just kidding this dog loves anyone, everyone and anything all day every day. I will miss him! And all the wonderful dogs and people I was so fortunate to meet and work with during this past MONTH (what!?!) in Alaska. Goodbye to the beautiful North, for now :) #Alaska #alaska #juneau #glacier #herbertglacier #bluekennels #Rampage #Sleddogs #husky #alaskanhusky #iditarod #yukonquest #mushing #dogmushing #dogsofinstagram #ilovealaska

A photo posted by Katie Orlinsky (@katieorlinsky) on Jul 21, 2014 at 10:26am PDT

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