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    The Great 2017 Eclipse
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Category: Sunsets

Smokey Nights

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Smokey Pink Sun over the West Bottoms.

Smokey Sunset over Kansas City from Kaw Point

Smokey Sunset over Kansas City from Kaw Point

While we’ve had major hurricanes in the south and southeast, one of which I experienced, we’ve also had major fires to the west, that have had little to no news coverage. However, the night before my family and I left for Florida (more on that at a later time), we had smoked filled skies, from Montana wildfires, that turned our’s city landscape into something almost apocalyptic. The orange hues and absent of blues made for some dramatic photos. The sun was pink and could be photograph without the help of solar filters, or ND filters.

I made it to two spots around the city, that evening. I started at Kaw Point where the sky and ground were really orange, and I could get some great cityscape shots. After spending an hour or so there, I settled down outside the West Bottoms for the sunset. Where the sun turned a brilliant pint and the sky greyed. I also captured one of my favorite recent photos here.

I will try to post a lot more in the coming weeks/month. I’ve shot more in the last month, than I have all year, and can’t wait to share them.

My Society6 and Flickr Pages are in need of a major update. I am hoping to get to both within the next week.

As usual, keep up on Instagram for more frequent posts.



The Great 2017 Eclipse

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Composite of the 2017 solar eclipse in Kansas City, Missouri

View of Kansas City at totality of the 2017 solar eclipse

Diamond Ring phenomena that occurs just before and after totality

Diamond Ring phenomena that occurs just before and after totality

Diamond Ring phenomena that occurs just before and after totality

After a whirlwind weekend of traveling through the southwest (more of those photos to come in the near future), we came home to a packed city waiting to view the Eclipse of the century. I had planned out a spot on the northwest side of the city, that I hoped wouldn’t be too packed. When I arrived to setup around ten in the morning it was pouring down rain, but I was the only one in the park. 🙂 The rain let up around a quarter after a eleven, just in time to setup and start the eclipse. Around noon the park started to fill up with people. I think by the time the full eclipse happened, there were only 30 people in the park.

I setup three cameras to shoot the eclipse. One pointed towards the sun, one pointed towards the city, and the other setup to time-lapse as the shadow passed over. As the eclipse approached, the clouds started rolling in. We hit totality just before the clouds rolled in. Where I was setup, there was just over a minute of totality, with the clouds it was almost cut in half. But still made for some exciting shots, and I was still able to capture the Diamond Ring phenomena, which I was most excited about.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do. Now it’s time to start planning for 2024.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



Summer Time Sunsets

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Sunset Over Missouri River

Sunset Over Missouri River

Sunset Over Fairfax District

Sunset Over Parkville

It’s been feeling a lot like summer and the sunset have been bangin! We are only a few days into June and here are a few of my favorite sunsets so far this month. ENJOY!!



Rivers, Bees, & Bikes

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I took a slow and short recovery ride, after feeling under the weather for most of last week, Sunday evening along the Missouri Riverfront Trail. I’ve been exploring this area a quite a bit lately and every time I’m out there I discover more. This time I decided to explore closer to the river for a bit. Then I headed towards a small patch of Musk Thistle (Corduus nutans) and Purple Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia) that I had passed many times while riding. I set up there and enjoyed the sunset and followed a big bumble bee from flower to flower until the light was too dim. From there I jump back on the trail, accompanied by prancing deer and gobbling turkeys, for my short ride back to reality.



Fairfax, Rain, and One of the Most Beautiful Sunsets I’ve Ever Chased

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Earlier this week, after a long day at the office, I just had to get out and ride. I arrived at the trail head to the Missouri Riverfront Park to pouring rain. I sat and listened to the Royals game for a few minutes, while waiting on the rain to stop. The temperature had dropped twenty degrees since leaving my house. I only had shorts and a t-shirt on. Luckily I found some gloves in my bag. As I took off on the steamy trail, I quickly got soaked. I could see peak of sun, hoping it would break more while riding to help warm up. I quickly got to the end on of the trail and decided to dip into the Fairfax district, via the new 69HWY bridge.

I love shooting and riding in the Fairfax district. This time, did not disappoint. The traffic was minimal, it was quiet, and the sun started to peak through. There are so man pops of color hidden away in Fairfax. But, you can’t take too long at any one spot or you’ll have cops slowly start following you around. After spending an hour snapping photos, and just slowly riding around, I headed back to the trail. That’s when the skies opened up and I chased one of the most beautiful sunsets ever.

I spent another thirty minutes or so, stopping every hundred feet to snap a photo of the sunset, before finally making myself head back. I was cold, and wet, and now have a nasty cold. But, it was all worth it.



Industry vs. Nature

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I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks riding the Missouri Riverfront Trail system. Mostly north of the city, exploring places I haven’t been. While up there, something struck me visually. The battle between industry and nature. You can be riding/walking along a peaceful gravel/paved trail and look south and see smokestacks, or meandering through a dense wooded area surrounded by chain link fences and see heavy machinery. This is nothing new, this isn’t something I haven’t paid attention to before. I would much rather look out off a trail and see solar panels or windmills over smokestacks. My lens is my voice and I will continue to shoot and showcase this battle. Let’s see mother nature win!



Can’t Get Over These Colors!

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Last week I ventured up to English Landing Park in Parkville to catch the sunset. There was a beautiful mixture of rain clouds coming in from the west, almost racing the sun as it set, which set up for this amazing sunset. When I went to edit these photos, I was amazed at what little I had to do, to bring out these colors. This was definitely one of my favorite chases of the year.



Nothin’ But Gorgeous Sunsets All Week

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I’m still working through edits, so here are a few from Sunday night’s sunset along the Missouri River, at Riverfront Park.