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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 January 2017 =



Location: Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 13
Synopsis: Second morning at the Crane Ponds, where emphasis was once again on Snow Geese and Sandhill Crane departure. Good light for the second morning in a row as well. Afternoon was spent doing some freestyle shooting along the loop route, where I got good images of Ruddy Duck and Northern Shoveler. For sunset, decided to do a backlight shoot at the Crane Ponds with marginal luck. Cranes roosted pretty far away, but still managed some interesting images.




Location: Bosque del Apache NWR (morning) and Bernardo Wildlife Area (afternoon), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 14
Synopsis: Sunrise shoot at the Crane Ponds. Snow geese were fairly close to photographer row, so managed to get some good images, including long exposure. Sandhill Crane departure photography. Afternoon photography at Bernardo, where a group of cranes were close to the road on the far east leg of the loop road just beyond the tree row.




Location: Bosque Ponds at ABQ BioPark (morning) and Bosque del Apache NWR (evening)

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 15
Synopsis: I did another morning waterfowl shoot at Bosque Ponds where birds included Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser (hen), Lesser Scaup. After that shoot, I drove down to Bosque del Apache, where I would shoot for the next several days. This afternoon I photographed Marsh Wren, Say's Phoebe, Northern Harrier, Northern Shoveler, and of course, Sandhill Crane -- all along the Loop Route.




Location: Sandia Crest (morning) and Bosque Ponds at ABQ BioPark (evening), New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 10
Synopsis: I made an early morning drive up to Sandia Crest to photograph the reliable rosy-finches, then in the evening I did another waterfowl shoot at the Bosque Ponds, where I got good images of Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Redhead, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, and Northern Pintail




Location: Bosque Ponds at ABQ BioPark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 10
Synopsis: Emphasis on waterfowl photography (morning and evening), mostly at the Bosque Ponds, where I got good images of Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Pied-billed Grebe, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Northern Pintail, and Wood Duck.




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