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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...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of October 2012 =



Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 4
Synopsis: Carried around the 600mm lens to see what I could come up with at Ford County State Fishing Lake. I didnt see much other than a cooperative Dark-eyed Junco (white-winged race, which is a little more unusual).




Location: Horse Thief Reservoir, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: Nothing too special here, just a few birds getting used to my new 600mm lens. My first images of a Pine Siskin.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This was the first shoot with my brand new Nikon 600mm f/4 lens. I photographed from a distance a small flock of Mallards that all took off at the sound of distant gun shots (some off-refuge hunting) as well as a coyote roaming around a group of cranes and waterfowl way off on the other side of Big Salt Marsh. I also photographed some Greater Yellowlegs along Wildlife Drive.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I spent some time on Wildlife Drive and in particular the peninsula on the east side of Big Salt Marsh photographing Sandhill Cranes. Cottonwoods were taking on some nice color all around the refuge.




Location: My house

Shoot type: Landscape
# of images: 0
Synopsis: An impromptu shoot outside my house at the Cottonwoods in color.




Location: Southwest Kansas between Johnson and Syracuse, KS

Shoot type: Weather and Landscape
# of images: 4
Synopsis: This was kind of a combo chase + landscape shoot near the Colorado-Kansas border. Nothing much of significance came of the shoot, but some of the showers were fairly photogenic with some marginal convective structure in some of them.




Location: West Texas from Plainview to Lockney, TX

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 4
Synopsis: I was sorely out of position when the Hale Center-Abernathy supercell developed along I-27. I spent about an hour and a half playing catch up, ultimately getting into the inflow region of the storm north of Lockney. I managed to capture some nice structure + lightning images before the storm went on a downtrend after sunset.




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