Mike Umscheid Photography & Storm Chase Blog
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Upcoming Shoots

>> February 15-25, 2018 -- Raptors, Waterfowls, and more! -- Southern California, incl. San Diego, Lake Hodges, and Irvine areas.

>> March-April 2018 -- Waterfowl Spring Migration -- Local hotspots in western and central Kansas.

>> Early-Mid June 2018 -- Supercell Thunderstorms -- Annual storm chase vacation.

(Updated December 24, 2017 6:45:53 pm CT)

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Most Recent Shoots

20 Nov 2017
Early Morning Songbird Shoot (Harris's Sparrow)
Synopsis: My primary objective was to photograph two rare birds that had been observed the day before: Pygmy Nuthatch and Pacific Wren. I was unable t...
19 Nov 2017
Separate Morning (Salt Plains) and Afternoon (Quivira) Bird Shoots
Synopsis: I started off this shoot at sunrise in the observation blind at Salt Plains NWR. The Sandhill Cranes were a bit more distant from the blind ...
18 Nov 2017
Sandhill Crane Late Afternoon Shoot
Synopsis: This was my first ever visit to this refuge, and my emphasis was on Sandhill Cranes which typically roost in a fairly large bay on the north...
17 Nov 2017
Late Afternoon Sparrows
Synopsis: During this late afternoon shoot, I photographed several species of sparrows, including a late Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, an...
12 Nov 2017
Rock Wren Visits My Backyard!
Synopsis: This was a spontaneous shoot as I noticed an unusual bird flitting around the brush pile in my backyard. Sure enough, it was a Rock Wren whi...
1 Nov 2017
Morning Shoot of Whooping Cranes and More
Synopsis: This shoot was not too terribly successful, as I was without my 600mm lens since it was in the shop being repaired after the auto-focus moto...
15 Oct 2017
Fall Sparrow Migration
Synopsis: My primary emphasis on this shoot was Le Conte's Sparrow, which are a specialty in mid to late October in marshy habitat of eastern Kansas, ...
4 Sep 2017
Sunspots through smoke-laden sky at sunset
Synopsis: Western wildfires brought a blanket of high level smoke across the High Plains, providing a red sunset. Sunspots were photographed without t...
21 Aug 2017
Total Solar Eclipse
Synopsis: The much anticipated total solar eclipse was a total success. High clouds remained just south and east of our target area near Oconto. I man...
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...

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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:07:00 -0500
Assortment of images from Day 3 of 3 -- 2017 SE Arizona bird photography trip. 24 April 2017

Black-headed Grosbeak (female)

Acorn Woodpecker

Scott's Oriole (female)

Green-tailed Towhee

White-winged Dove

Lazuli Bunting

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Gila Woodpecker

Black-headed Grosbeak

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird
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Mon, 7 Aug 2017 18:08:56 -0500
Late night supercell with lightning-illuminated structure in far southwest Kansas, north of Elkhart. 29 June 2017




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Mon, 7 Aug 2017 11:43:22 -0500
Small, marginal supercell storm north of Limon, CO. 5 August 2017
  
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Tue, 1 Aug 2017 22:02:09 -0500
-Clark County Electric- An amazing lightning display from a severe storm in Clark County, KS. 17 June 2017
A 3-frame composite of 2-second exposures spanning 21 seconds in total elapsed time

  
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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:57:38 -0500
Long exposure of skeletal storm structure with lightning, Clark County, KS. 17 June 2017
  
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Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:02:17 -0500
Assortment of images from Day 2 of 3 -- 2017 SE Arizona bird photography trip. 23 April 2017

Nashville Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Black-headed Grosbeak (female)

White-winged Dove

Chipping Sparrow

Greater Roadrunner

Gila Woodpecker

Curve-billed Thrasher

Acorn Woodpecker

White-breasted Nuthatch

Bridled Titmouse

Scott's Oriole (female)

Cactus Wren

Lazuli Bunting

Mexican Jay

Broad-billed Hummingbird (female)

Spotted Owl (Mexican, mating pair)

Elf Owl
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Sat, 29 Jul 2017 17:24:48 -0500
Wide angle view of the Johnson, KS Mothership -- an incredible structure! 29 June 2017
  
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Wed, 5 Jul 2017 11:43:39 -0500
HP Supercell with field of mammatus above, near Canadian, TX. 3 July 2017
  
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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:47:14 -0500
-Johnson Mothership 2017- An incredible mothership supercell structure approaches Johnson, Kansas. 29 June 2017
  
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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:04:09 -0500
A briefly supercellular LP-storm in its final moments before sunset, near Leoti, KS. 26 June 2017
  
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