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Most Recent Shoots

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 August 2013 =



Location: Arkansas River/Sim Park, Wichita, KS (morning). Cheyenne Bottoms & Quivira NWR (late day)

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 10
Synopsis: This was quite the productive day of wildlife photography. I started the morning out in Wichita photographing a lone Snowy Egret (√) in excellent morning light along the Arkansas River at Sim Park. After running some errands in town, I left for Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira. At Cheyenne Bottoms, I photographed Forster's Tern (√), Cattle Egret (√), White-faced Ibis, Snowy Egret (√), Ruddy Duck. At Quivira species photographed were American Avocet, Double-crested Cormorant, Wilson's Phalarope, American Pelican, Great Egret (√), Stilt Sandpiper (√), Barn Swallow, Killdeer, Blue-winged Teal, Least Sandpiper (√), Killdeer (√), Snowy Egret, Great Egret, White-faced Ibis.




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Not a spectacular shoot, but there were quite a few egrets to photograph (Great Egret and Snowy Egret) along NE 170th Rd. at Quivira. I also got a distant shot of the supposed nesting pair of Bald Eagles at the southeast part of Wildlife Loop.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: A Black Swallowtail butterfly visited my native garden. I got some pretty good images of this wonderful species as it favored my Purple Coneflower plants.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was the first time I did some photography of butterflies at my new native garden in my backyard. I had great looks and images of a Monarch Butterfly on my Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris ligulistylis).




Location: Southern Ford County, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I went out birding with Jeff Calhoun to investigate some of the water areas after a recent wet period. We came across several playas with water in them and noted a number of shorebird species. The Yucca Rd. Playa (northwest of Minneola) held decent water and a lot of Black Terns as well as a raft of Eared Grebes. Near the playa we came across a small family of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Species photographed: Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Double-crested Cormorant, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Eared Grebe (distant raft), Black Tern




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