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From the Ashes
Most of the photos you will see of Tecumseh were extemporaneous, completely his doing, entirely his own creation. Quite the opposite, this photo not only was planned, but was planned for a long long time. Inspired by a Bev Doolittle painting of pinto horses in aspen trees, I was sure Tecumseh, with his natural sled dog camouflage, could blend in really well with the aspens. We tried several times over a period of a couple of years, and the best image we could create was taken on Boulder Mountain, but it was still far far from what I was hoping to achieve. Finally,  I was out working for the natural gas company when I spotted this stand of ash trees,  having been planted long ago in the front yard of a house that was nestled in the foothills above my home in Bountiful, Utah. Now all we had to do was wait for a snowstorm. Early in the morning after this invigorating snowfall, I lifted Tecumseh into the back of my Dodge Ram, and off to the scene of photographic destiny we raced.
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