Back to the Wichita Mountains

I’ve been updating/re-toning several photos from my folder of images taken from my Jan. 2014 trip to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge with photographer Richard Barron. Here are some favorites along with some that I had never posted before, spread out across a few posts.

French Lake with ice floe

French Lake with ice floe

Two bison appear miniscule in this extremely long zoom taken from the dam on French Lake. It was the most gorgeously rugged, almost alien landscape, raked with frigid winds that had turned the lake into a virtual ice rink.

Two bison appear miniscule in this extremely long zoom taken from the dam on French Lake. It was the most gorgeously rugged, almost alien landscape, raked with frigid winds that had turned the lake into a virtual ice rink.

Stalactites of ice hang down from the towers and walkways of the dam on French Lake.

Stalactites of ice hang down from the towers and walkways of the dam on French Lake.

The drive up the narrow, twisty road along the sheer face of Mount Scott sometimes resulted in images that looked like we were taking off in a plane. That's Medicine Park below (lake), and Blue Ridge Wind Farm in the distance.

The drive up the narrow, twisty road along the sheer face of Mount Scott sometimes resulted in images that looked like we were taking off in a plane. That’s Medicine Park below (lake), and Blue Ridge Wind Farm in the distance.

A granite wall lines the way up to the top of Mount Scott overlooking Medicine Park, Okla.

A granite wall lines the way up to the top of Mount Scott overlooking Medicine Park, Okla.

View of trees and Medicine Park from the summit of Mount Scott. Insanely cold, insanely windy.

View of trees and Medicine Park from the summit of Mount Scott. Insanely cold, insanely windy.

Richard holds his own in the gale-force wind slashing the roof of the world, AKA Mount Scott.

Richard holds his own in the gale-force wind slashing the roof of the world, AKA Mount Scott.

That unbelievable view of northern-northeastern Oklahoma from Mount Scott

That unbelievable view of northern-northeastern Oklahoma from Mount Scott

Richard's Juke, alone on the parking lot on the roof of the world. It was an epic journey, and these photos still rock.

Richard’s Juke, alone on the parking lot on the roof of the world. It was an epic journey, and these photos still rock.

 

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