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24 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 3)
Synopsis: Day 3 of this trip started at Ash Canyon B&B where I photographed at a new photo blind on the property. It was a very windy morning, althoug...
23 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 2)
Synopsis: Day 2 of this trip started in the Battiste BB&B backyard at Tony's photography setup. This was quite productive with a a few gallery-worthy ...
22 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 1)
Synopsis: Day 1 of this short trip started out in Portal in the morning, where I photographed feeder birds at a feeding station just northeast of Port...
15 Apr 2017
LP Supercell near Protection, KS
Synopsis: An awesome LP supercell was photographed this day, one of the better LP storms I have photographed in quite some time. The sunset colors and...
14 Apr 2017
Photogenic supercell at sunset near Sumner, NE
Synopsis: Managed to get some good images of a late-developing supercell storm near Sumner, NE. The storm had fairly decent tiered structure for a tim...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of December 2013 =



Location: Lee Richardson Zoo, Garden City, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 4
Synopsis: This was my first visit to the duck pond at Lee Richardson Zoo. I must say, I was impressed. Even though there are tons of trees around, there were some spots where the light came in making for excellent photography from the south side of the pond. There were many Mallards as well as Wood Duck and Wigeon. I got fairly good artistic type portraits and some action images of all three species. I will definitely be going back!




Location: Oak Park, Wichita, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: I met up with local photographers Chuck and Don who guided me to a reliable place (Oak Park) for Golden-crowned Kinglet. We managed to call in three of these tiny, flighty birds and I happened to get at least a couple decent shots of one of them.




Location: Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 24
Synopsis: This was my one dedicated day to spend at Squaw Creek on my last of three days in Kansas City. This was a great shoot, as I managed to photograph a number of Bald Eagles, including a couple of Eagle attacks on Mallards.




Location: Harvey-Butler County Line, east of Newton, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 1
Synopsis: A Snowy Owl was reported along the county line of Harvey and Butler east of Newton, Kansas in mid-December. Since I was going to be going through this area on my way to Kansas City for the weekend, I decided to stop by the last reported location of the owl. Sure enough, the owl was just about exactly where it was last reported! I spent about a half hour photographing this amazing bird, despite the cloudy conditions. I managed to get some great looks and images.




Location: Dodge City, Kansas

Shoot type: Weather and Landscape
# of images: 2
Synopsis: I decided to make a quick jaunt into town to check out the light pillar potential as I noticed some ice crystals/low clouds around. I ended up photographing light pillars out at the Koch Nitrogen plant northeast of town.




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