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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 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