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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 November 2016 =



Location: Overland Park Arboretum, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 4
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 Thanksgiving) and hiked around for a little. We stopped by the bird blind along one of the trails within the arboretum where they have several feeders set up. In the late afternoon when we visited, the feeders were very active with Cardinals, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, and a Purple Finch. I will need to stop by here more often!




Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 3
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 in one spot foraging in the flats on the very north end of Quivira NWR. I also had some good shooting of Sandhill Cranes flying out along with some Bald Eagles.




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 5
Synopsis: On this morning hike, about two hours in total around the upper end of the lake, I came across Harris's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Juncos, American Tree Sparrow, and a lone Great Blue Heron out in the middle of the upper end of the lake. I also got some decent shots of a whitetail doe staring me down.




Location: Ford County SFL, Kansas

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 12
Synopsis: A beautiful, crisp fall morning for a hike around the upper end of Ford County Lake. Did a little foliage and native grass photography in the warm, very early light. Birds photographed included Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwing, and White-crowned Sparrow




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