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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 July 2013 =



Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Weather and Sky Around Home
# of images: 0
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Location: Deming, NM area

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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Location: Animas, NM area

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 2
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Location: Gila Bend, AZ area mid-afternoon. Salome to Brenda, AZ evening.

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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Location: Willcox, AZ area

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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Location: Safford to U191/I-10 Junction, AZ

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 2
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Location: Pearce, AZ area

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 2
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Location: South of San Simon, AZ

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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Location: Las Cienegas NCA early afternoon. Fort Thomas, AZ area late afternoon/evening

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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Location: Tucson, AZ afternoon. Sacaton/Coolidge, AZ late night

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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Location: Tucson, AZ area afternoon. Sacaton, AZ area late-night

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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Location: Phoenix, AZ afternoon. Quartzsite, AZ area evening.

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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Location: Tucson Mountains near Tucson, AZ

Shoot type: Landscape
# of images: 1
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Location: Safford to south of Willcox, AZ

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 3
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Location: near Cochise, AZ

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
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Location: East of Sierra Vista, AZ evening. Northeast of Willcox late night

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 2
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Location: Three Points, AZ early. San Simon, AZ late

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 9
Synopsis: Late morning storms were moving north-northwest toward the southwest suburbs of Tucson and the Three Points area. I photographed the backside of these storms from along the Ajo Highway. Later in the evening, I noticed storms moving north close to the New Mexico border. This storm ended up providing some of my best images of the entire trip, as an incredibly photogenic haboob developed and rolled west toward me, just south of San Simon. Lightning over the distant Peloncillo Mountains was fantastic in the golden sky that materialized at sunset.




Location: Tucson, Arizona

Shoot type: Weather and Landscape
# of images: 1
Synopsis: No storms were photographed on Day 1. I arrived early afternoon, and while a few storms were noted around the Sonoita area, nothing was worth photographing. I drove up Reddington Rd. a little ways for a nice sunset overlooking the east side of Tucson.




Location: East-central New Mexico, south of Trementina, NM

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was my driving day out to Arizona, and I was not expecting to do much of any photography. I noticed some storms on radar developing off the south end of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which were slowly rolling southeast off the mountains. I decided to make a short chase out of it. I photographed lightning along Highway 104 from west of Trementina to just southwest of Conchas Lake. Some of the best lightning was photographed using the highway as a foreground subject at around sunset.




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