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Most Recent Shoots

30 Dec 2016
Winter Day Shoot at Squaw Creek NWR
Synopsis: This was my one visit to the refuge in Winter 2016-17. I made the trip to Kansas City for New Years and decided to spend a day shooting Bald...
4 Dec 2016
Lewis's Woodpecker Shoot
Synopsis: A Lewis's Woodpecker, which is considered rare in Kansas (especially anywhere east of far southwestern Kansas), was first reported in late N...
3 Dec 2016
Morning and afternoon backyard bird shoot
Synopsis: A backyard setup shoot of some of my regular birds on a rather cloudy day. It was more of an experimental shoot with my new D500 paired with...
25 Nov 2016
Songbirds at Overland Park Arboretum
Synopsis: This was my first visit to the Overland Park Arboretum. I went out there with my brother and his girlfriend (they and I were in town for Tha...
17 Nov 2016
Fall Migration Shoot at Quivira NWR
Synopsis: I did a morning and afternoon shoot at Quivira NWR. The morning was far more productive, where I photographed an amazing 11 Whooping Cranes ...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of June 2010 =



Location: North-central Kansas near Osborne

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: My chase partner Evan Bookbinder and I intercepted some photogenic storms and skies across north-central Kansas including 1) a high based supercell near Alton, KS... 2) incredible mammatus/lightning with pastel colors at sunset near Luray, KS... 3) a rare heat-burst with 40 to 50 mph "hot" winds in 95 degree air at 10:30pm at night between Luray and Osborne, KS.




Location: My house 5 miles north of Dodge City, KS

Shoot type: Weather and Sky Around Home
# of images: 0
Synopsis: One of my finest images of the year came from my very own garage as I decided to set up the tripod and hope to capture some lightning around sunset following a strong storm. There was clearing on the western horizon just in time for the setting sun which set the stage for a wonderful rainbow. I manage to get one image with the brilliant rainbow and a forked cloud-to-ground lightning flash!




Location: West-central Kansas from Shallow Water to south of Wakeeney, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 0
Synopsis: A high-based, weak storm formed northwest of Garden City and struggled to reach severe limits. The storm was rather unphotogenic, and I did not shoot many images of this storm, however near sunset I did manage a few decent cloud-to-ground lightning images near Trego Center south of Wakeeney, KS.




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