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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 August 2012 =



Location: West-central Kansas near Leoti, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was a storm chase rather close to home during my midnight shifts at work. After waking up early in the afternoon, I decided to make a go for this chase with a target somewhere west or northwest of Garden City, KS in mind. I intercepted the main storm of the chase between Lakin and Leoti, KS around 6:30pm CDT. The most photogenic portion of the storm was just west of Highway 25 from roughly 6:30 to 6:40pm. After that, the storm lost its decent high-based structure and ultimately wasn't worth chasing. New storms farther north piqued my interest, and I headed north to the Wallace area, but the storms up there sent out a substantial outflow boundary well south of the main precipitation area and was largely unphotogenic. The "golden hour" time frame didn't provide any opportunities either, so shortly after sunset I called it a chase and headed back to Dodge City




Location: Quivira Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Landscape
# of images: 2
Synopsis: I decided to photograph the drought scenes along Wildlife Drive (a component of the Quivira Nat'l Wildlife Refuge). The shoot lasted about an hour and a half or so photographing various dried up salt marshes and flats, including the Big Salt Marsh along wildlife drive. The sunset was quite photogenic as distant storms spread a band of cirrus clouds with other mid and high-level clouds present to accentuate the sky during this time and enhancing the images.




Other storm chases that busted/no photography in