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5 Aug 2017
Last Chance, CO Marginal Supercell
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Laverne-Woodward, OK Supercell & Canadian, TX Supercell
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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 March 2013 =



Location: Paradise (Private Land), northern Ford County, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I decided to head to the pond on private land I have permission to access to hopefully photograph some wildlife. The highlight was one good look at a Mallard drake. One image I titled "Mallard Moment" resulted from this morning shoot.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: Evening shoot of feeder birds. Species photographed fairly well included Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Harris's Sparrow, House Finch




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: A cold, cloudy late March morning. Best images were of close look at an immature White-crowned Sparrow ground feeding. American Goldfinch and Harris's Sparrow were also briefly photographed.




Location: Rowe Sanctuary and vicinity, Nebraska

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: This was Day Two of a two-day trip. The day started off with a morning shoot at one of the blinds I reserved a spot for. This turned out to be a bust, as cranes were not roosting right next to the blind we were at (thanks to a number of Bald Eagles across the river!). After the sun came up, I decided to take to the farm roads near the river to see what I could photograph. I did get some decent images of crane behavioral, in-flights, etc.




Location: Rowe Sanctuary and vicinity, Nebraska

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This was Day One of a two-day trip to the Rowe Sanctuary to photograph Sandhill Cranes. This day started off meeting up with Jim Glynn of Great Bend as he was also up there on a short two-day trip. We drove around to photograph cranes in fields near the Platte River. Some scattered snow showers developed late in the afternoon which provided for some interesting background at times. I then spent the early evening/sunset at one of the Rowe Sanctuary blinds to photograph cranes coming into roost along the Platte. The sunset was incredible with the sky on fire with a deep red/violet hues with cranes silhouetted as they landed.




Location: Horsethief Reservoir, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I decided to set up on the north shore of Horsethief Reservoir under cover of darkness before sunrise in hopes of getting some images of roosting Sandhill Cranes and whatever else flew and/or floated by. There was a small group of cranes that I photographed briefly before they took off. I also photographed a pair of Hooded Merganser as they floated by, but other than that, this was a weak shoot, unfortunately.




Location: Jetmore City Lake and Horsethief Reservoir, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: Nothing all that spectacular on this birding trip. Birds photographed included Northern Harrier, Song Sparrow, Baird's Sandpiper, various ducks in-flight, Harris's Sparrow, Greater Yellowlegs. I did not really get any standout images of any of the birds seen.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: A pleasant March morning yielded some nice images of my feeder birds, including Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin, and American Goldfinch.




Location: Limon, Colorado and vicinity

Shoot type: Winter Weather
# of images: 2
Synopsis: I woke up early in the morning to document the aftermath of a significant blizzard that gripped much of northeastern Colorado. While the snowfall amounts were not terribly high, the 50-60 mph wind gusts created 4 to 6 foot drifts, temporarily closing some roads. The drifting provided for some interesting photography opportunities in town once the sun came out the morning of the 10th.




Location: Limon, Colorado

Shoot type: Winter Weather
# of images: 1
Synopsis: Blizzard conditions developing across eastern Colorado. I documented this storm from the Super 8 in Limon, Colorado.




Location: Clark Co. SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I birded with Jeff Calhoun this morning. Mostly cloudy skies early on prevent much good light. Best images were of several displaying Red-winged Blackbirds on the far upper end of the lake. Otherwise, not much of note on this shoot. I did manage to photograph a perched Merlin on the way home in southeastern Ford County.




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