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May 24, 2009: It's easily been the most quite May since I moved here in 2002. So with no storms to track, I've been just planning out the summer. At this point it looks like I'll do one "big" trip at the end of July into August lasting about two weeks. I'll roadtrip around probably stopping in the badlands, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons, and possibly the snowy range. Before leaving I have to get a nice long lens. Also have to get a new tripod, as my current one is falling apart. I didn't expect to make these plans so early, but with nothing else going on, and nothing to do, I had to. I'm pretty excited about this trip, mainly because I've never done anything like it before. I'll be camping the whole time to cut down on some of the cost. Could be tough finding free camping in Wyoming I'll bet. If gas prices are this cheap by then I might stay even longer and head into Colorado or something... Glacier national park? Won't be entirely certain quite yet.

Good news is that there is an end to this ridge in sight, extended looks promising, though how many times have I said that this year? But really, if this start getting active It'll be closer to home than the previous "events" this year, if you could even call them that. I haven't really looked a models lately, kinda going on a "fast" from them lol. Too depressing. Hopefully good things in store for all the chasers that have had to wait. Speaking of which (now I'm rambling) I know a guy that is in the states right now from Ireland on a chase tour and has not seen crap. That total sucks, maybe I don't have any reason to complain living in Nebraska.

I've also been exploring some of the local parks and whatnot. Not a lot of good images, but here is one of a waterfall in Platte river state park (which took me about 2 hours to find, they didn't have any signs leading to it). Not that great of a shot... REALLY soft and I'm not sure why.



May 16, 2009: Couldn't get out of class in time to chase in Kansas but, being bored as can be I decided to go to Waubonsie State Park in southwest Iowa...basically on the missouri border. Kinda long story, but ended up seeing an insane sunset, just one image for now, if I can pull out 5 good ones I might make a report page. But here is one for now, some crazy fog rolling up the bluffs after the rain all day. This is the first time I have shot in RAW and used the post processing...needless to say I'm not going back to JPEG.




May 6, 2009: Just really sick of the boring weather, today I actually drove after some morning convection lol, yes...that desperate. There were a few storms in Iowa this afternoon, but I didn't think I'd make it in time to catch them. Chris Allington was on them though, I'll post a link if he gets the pictures up.

Lately I've been left with nothing to shoot, so apart from doing school/work I've been thinking a lot about a summer trip to a photogenic landscape (not the plains...) I saw this video on Jack Brauer's site eariler and just HAD to post it, cause its so insane.



So this summer I'm planning on taking a (couple??) trip(s) to the mountains. I really want to make it to the Tetons, and Yellowstone, not sure I will though. The snowy range, monument valley/desert southwest is also of interest. A big part is to get some much needed hiking in, since, well you know, Nebraska doesn't have too many hiking areas. Of course also I'd like to get some photography done. After I read Jacks blog about him going to Norway this summer, I just got stoked to go, as I'd researched it before and seen all the amazing fjords, that will most likely be one of my first international trips whenever those might take place (next summer?). Anyways, I don't see any chasing on the horizon, can't depend on those extended models, they always disappoint.


May 3, 2009: The report is up now here. Got a few keepers in there, nothing terribly special, I just want to get some dang storms! Saturday looks like a possibility, but the last few runs it was too far south. I just hope June makes up for it.

May 2, 2009: Went downtown to test the new sigma wide angle, just a couple images real quick, I'll post a full report later.






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