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Most Recent Shoots

20 Nov 2017
Early Morning Songbird Shoot (Harris's Sparrow)
Synopsis: My primary objective was to photograph two rare birds that had been observed the day before: Pygmy Nuthatch and Pacific Wren. I was unable t...
19 Nov 2017
Separate Morning (Salt Plains) and Afternoon (Quivira) Bird Shoots
Synopsis: I started off this shoot at sunrise in the observation blind at Salt Plains NWR. The Sandhill Cranes were a bit more distant from the blind ...
18 Nov 2017
Sandhill Crane Late Afternoon Shoot
Synopsis: This was my first ever visit to this refuge, and my emphasis was on Sandhill Cranes which typically roost in a fairly large bay on the north...
17 Nov 2017
Late Afternoon Sparrows
Synopsis: During this late afternoon shoot, I photographed several species of sparrows, including a late Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, an...
12 Nov 2017
Rock Wren Visits My Backyard!
Synopsis: This was a spontaneous shoot as I noticed an unusual bird flitting around the brush pile in my backyard. Sure enough, it was a Rock Wren whi...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of May 2011 =



Location: Southwest Kansas from Big Basin Prairie Preserve south of Minneola, KS to Otis, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase,Weather and Landscape
# of images: 10
Synopsis: I targeted the dryline south of Dodge City for development of supercell storms. A storm eventually formed near Dodge City and moved rapidly northeast into Rush County, KS. I never caught up to the storm, but did photograph some mammatus and a nice sunset over a wheat field near Otis, KS




Location: Southwest and South-central Kansas from Kalvesta to Ness City...Larned to Hutchinson.

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 17
Synopsis: Intercepted a supercell from Kalvesta to Ness City with some supercell structure photographed between Jetmore and Ness City. Photographed a long shelf cloud across western Reno County west of Hutchinson. Some lightning and mammatus was also photographed on the back side of the storms near the Reno-Stafford county line along Hwy 50.




Location: Southeast Nebraska from near York to near Odell, NE

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 10
Synopsis: Intercepted storms that formed and clustered together near the York, NE vicinity. Initially too far north of York, we missed the funnel cloud/landspout event just northwest of York. We then pursued other storms farther southeast and photographed marginal storm structure, some decent cloud-to-ground lightning, and ultimately the backside cumulonimbus structure after sunset near the Kansas state line.




Location: Northeast Colorado into northwest Kansas from Vona, CO to Oberlin, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 17
Synopsis: Several marginal supercell storms formed near an upper low first over northeastern Colorado along I-70. Other storms formed farther to the east just north of I-70 from Atwood to Oberlin. None of the storms were tornadic given close proximity to cool, stable northeast winds. Some of the cumulonimbus structure was impressive on the backside of the Oberlin, KS storm just after sunset.




Other storm chases that busted/no photography in
Location: Southwest Kansas near Meade, KS
Location: South-central South Dakota near Murdo, SD
Location: Southwest Nebraska south of Ogallala, NE