Burning Bush
Below Crab Eyes in the more rugged western portion called Charons Gardens,a charred tree trunk stands as a silent witness to a wildfire that tore through this area just a few months before.
(November 17, 2012)
The Portal
Native cobblestones are a common building material in the Refuge. Here, they frame a vacant window in an abandoned structure near the Visitor Center.
Prairie King
Lumbering across the grassland, an American Bison bull is an imposing sight in the Refuge.
Peaceful Pasture
Across the road from Prarie Dog Town, American Bison graze on the verdant, vibrant Refuge grasslands. (May 12th, 2012)
Golden Tallgrass
Kayak-view near the dam at Lake Elmer Thomas.
Wildflower Dance
Springtime riot of colors as Indian Blankets, Tickseed, False Garlic, and other blooms sway in the Oklahoma breeze atop Elk Mountain. (May 29, 2016)
Electric Daisies
On the north side of Mt. Scott, Wax Goldenweed competes for attention with fluorescent lichen growing on Scott's granite walls. (September 4th, 2016)
Triplett
Sumac leaves put on their fall colors on Sunset Trail near Elk Mountain.
Overcoming #1
While exploring a section of Charons Gardens i Had never visited, I came around Lost Dome to find a group of rappellers tackling the sheer southern wall of the Dome. A true display of grit, grace, strength, and stamina. One of over shots I took at the site! (October 6th, 2019)
Overcoming #2
While exploring a section of Charons Gardens i Had never visited, I came around Lost Dome to find a group of rappellers tackling the sheer southern wall of the Dome. A true display of grit, grace, strength, and stamina. One of over shots I took at the site! (October 6th, 2019)
Little Scrambler
Friendly little lizard sunning on the Quanah Parker Dam.
The Ghost of Lost Lake
A tenacious shrub hangs on for life beneath the rushing overflow at Lost Lake Dam. (May 12, 2012)
From Within
The Refuge's ubiquitous grasslands seen through the window of an abandoned homestead near Jed Johnson Lake.(April 15, 2011)
Softly
The gentle rain that coerced me down off Elk Mountain creates visual whispers on Sunset pool. (October 3, 2009)
Premonition
Life and death on the western flanks of Elk Mountain. I photographed this scene on my first climb up the mountain, and was taken with the contrast of the fluid shapes against the ragged trees, and was also intrigued by the foreshadowing presented by the bleached out tree branches beneath the live tree.
Convergence
On a wintery afternoon, shadows and lines align on French Lake Dam. (February 5th, 2011)
Delicate Beauty
Spotted on the Sunset Trail enroute to Charons Gardens Wilderness.
Enter In
Tranquil Watch
Fire watchtower reflected in the still waters of Jed Johnson Lake.
Force of Nature
After rolling across Anadarko, this thunderstorm continued southeast, lighting the evening sky with its fury. (April 26th, 2016)
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