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Upcoming Shoots

>> July-August 2017 -- Lightning -- New Mexico, Colorado, & High Plains. Unscheduled; during time off work.

>> Early November 2017 -- Whooping Cranes -- Quivira NWR, Kansas. May take some days off work during peak this year.

>> Late January-Early February 2018 -- Winter Bird Photography Trip -- Texas Gulf Coast? Stay tuned.

(Updated June 23, 2017 10:01:48 am CT)

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Most Recent Shoots

5 Aug 2017
Last Chance, CO Marginal Supercell
Synopsis: This was a somewhat successful storm chase, intercepting a storm with marginal supercell characteristics in a west-northwest flow environmen...
3 Jul 2017
Laverne-Woodward, OK Supercell & Canadian, TX Supercell
Synopsis: This was a long chase day, starting in Overland Park, KS after spending a couple days with family and friends over the weekend. I targeted L...
29 Jun 2017
Johnson, KS Mothership Supercell
Synopsis: This was another after work chase, and I was not going to make the same mistake I did on June 26th! Leaving immediately after work at 4pm, I...
26 Jun 2017
Leoti, KS LP Marginal Supercell
Synopsis: I originally decided not to chase after work, but after I woke up from a long nap at around 6pm, a supercell was rolling straight south near...
17 Jun 2017
Meade & Clark County, KS Supercell & Incredible Lightning
Synopsis: This was an after-work chase. I actually worked a couple hours of overtime until 7:30pm and chased right as I got off work. A new storm form...
16 Jun 2017
Aurora, NE LP Supercell
Synopsis: This was a very good chase day, which started slow and potentially a bust. I was limited to chasing southern Nebraska, since I had to go bac...
15 Jun 2017
Marginal supercell storm & lightning from Clarendon to Paducah, TX
Synopsis: This was a good chase, but not spectacular. Followed a marginal supercell storm southeast with decent structure but a lot of good cloud-to-g...
13 Jun 2017
Brief, marginal supercell near Wright, KS
Synopsis: This was a short-distance storm chase fairly close to home. Mid-afternoon storms formed just south of Dodge City, but they did not advance t...
27 May 2017
Storm Chase Trip 2017 (Day 9) -- Ardmore, OK Supercell
Synopsis: This was the last chase day of the trip. Rob, Mitch, Jay, and I decided to target a tornado potential in southern Oklahoma on this day. We s...
26 May 2017
Storm Chase Trip 2017 (Day 8) -- Goodland Post-sunset Supercell
Synopsis: Mitch joined us for the final days of this trip. We targeted the Lamar area, but this southern target busted as it was too capped, despite g...

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:50:17 -0600
Silhouette of a White-tailed Buck at Sunset. Great Plains NWR, Oklahoma. 18 November 2017
  
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:02:02 -0600
Harris Sparrow foraging while doing the splits at Lake Scott State Park, KS. 20 November 2017
  
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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:00:42 -0600
A fairly late Lincoln's Sparrow at Clark State Fishing Lake, Kansas. 17 November 2017
  
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:08:03 -0600
New Yard Bird! ROCK WREN. Morning of 12 November 2017
I found this bird flitting around the small brush pile in my back yard. It would favor the brush pile and adjacent well pit cover, flying back and forth for about a half hour. I managed to get great shots of this bird from a distance of about 15 yards with my 600mm lens (on the Nikon D500)






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Wed, 1 Nov 2017 16:58:53 -0500
Red-tailed Hawk stare-down just as its about to leave its perch. Quivira NWR. 1 November 2017
  
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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:43:49 -0500
Two photography lifer sparrows: Swamp Sparrow and Le Conte's Sparrow. Douglas County, KS. 15 October 2017
Although I managed to photograph two sparrow species I've never photographed before, it was a pretty crummy day. My 600mm lens began to have serious auto-focusing images right after I took the image of the Swamp Sparrow. I felt quite dejected after this happened, and decided to cancel the rest of my shooting day and head back to Dodge City. The northwest wind behind the front in the morning was also a bit stronger than I was hoping for, so the combined events left me in a pretty sour mood. Nevertheless, it was good to at least partially get what I was after, even if the quality of the images were less then stellar. Onward!

Le Conte's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow
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Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:59:53 -0500
-Corona Over Oconto- The full corona of the sun during total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017 just outside Oconto, Nebraska
  
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Sunspots AR2673 and 2674 with blood-red sun due to smoke-filled sky in western Kansas. 4 September 2017
  
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Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:28:13 -0500
Amazing prominences visible during the Great American Eclipse. Oconto, Nebraska. 21 August 2017
  
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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:37:13 -0500
Diamond Ring Effect with Chromosphere and Prominences at 3rd Contact, Total Solar Eclipse -- Oconto, Nebraska. 21 August 2017
  
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