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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 September 2013 =



Location: McPherson County State Fishing Lake, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 11
Synopsis: This was my one chase of the Great Kiskadee that made a big buzz in the Kansas birding community in Fall of 2013. I decided to do both a morning and evening shoot of this bird. I got some pretty good looks and distant shots of this extremely rare tropical flycatcher. In the morning, I did photograph some other species including Northern Cardinal (√), Great Blue Heron, Nashville Warbler (√), Belted Kingfisher




Location: Northeastern Texas Panhandle south of Perryton, TX

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This was my final storm chase of 2013. It did yield some good results, as I managed to photograph a couple of severe storms. The best images were of the last storm that developed along Hwy 70 and moved northeast between Perryton and Canadian, TX. I was really pleased with one frame in particular of multi-branched lightning at around sunset in pretty good light.




Location: My Backyard

Shoot type: Weather and Sky Around Home
# of images: 1
Synopsis: A distant thunderstorm provided for an amazing sunrise as viewed from my backyard this morning.




Location: Cheyenne Bottoms & Quivira NWR, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 6
Synopsis: This was another productive shoot in the afternoon and evening hours. This time, I started at Quivira and ended the day at Cheyenne Bottoms. At Quivira, species photographed included Great Egret, Meadowlark sp. with a mouth full of insects (√), Snowy Egret. At Cheyenne Bottoms, I photographed Cattle Egret (√), Common Grackle (√), Barn Swallow, Blue-winged Teal, Yellow-crowned Night Heron (√), Franklin's Gull (√), Black-crowned Night Heron (√)




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