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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...
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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 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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