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A few Days at the Wichita Mountains

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Offline ambersdad

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A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« on: March 10, 2016, 12:08:37 PM »
I've been waiting for some nasty weather before heading to the refuge.  I was wanting a good test for my new tent.  Monday was the potential day.  Severe weather possible, high winds likely, and possibly up to 2 inches of rain over a two day period. Perfect!  :)

My car camping Alps Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter tent came through with flying colors.  Until Monday night, I had never been in a tent with 40 mph + wind gusts and the tent wasn't swaying or making any noise.  Inside the tent stayed bone dry.  There was a small drip line in both vestibules where the wind blew rain under the zipper cover on the rain fly.   I didn't have anything under the zippers, so it was not an issue.  Under normal conditions that won't happen.  Now if weather gets bad again, I can make adjustments.

Tuesday 5 of us spent half the day picking up trash at the Sunset Pool /Elk Mountain Trail head, Lost Lake, Boulder Cabin, and the picnic area next to Eagle Mountain for the upcoming over saturation of humans during Texas / Oklahoma spring breaks.

A few pics I took while there.

Bad Hair Day

I counted over 100 turkeys working the areas of prescribed burns.

The bison were loving the new grass.

Probably my favorite pic of the trip.  This bull looks like he didn't move when the fire swept through.   ;)
« Last Edit: March 10, 2016, 12:20:37 PM by ambersdad »
Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2016, 12:41:26 PM »
Nice!  :notworthy:
   Bill
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Offline ThePonchoGuy

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2016, 06:07:13 PM »
I grew up in Wichita Falls just south of there. Love the Wichita's.


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Offline ambersdad

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2016, 07:01:32 AM »
Thanks Bill.  It's a great place TPG.
Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.
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http://randyswildlifeandnaturephotography.com/

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Offline Talusman

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2016, 11:07:44 AM »
Great Photos! Love the one of the wild turkeys. Very nice!
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Offline ambersdad

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2016, 04:55:24 PM »
Thanks!
Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.
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http://randyswildlifeandnaturephotography.com/

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Offline Jalco

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2016, 07:32:42 PM »
LOVE the picture of the bull!  I must say, your pictures of the Wichitas have certainly piqued my interest.

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Offline ambersdad

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2016, 07:58:19 AM »
LOVE the picture of the bull!  I must say, your pictures of the Wichitas have certainly piqued my interest.

With the Refuge only an 80 minute drive from the house, it's my home away from home.  It's where I get my fix.  ;)

The Bend is a 10 hour drive or it would be my main squeeze.  If they were equal in distance from the house, not sure I would know the location of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. It is what it is, and for that, I love the place.  Nothing quite like it for a few hundred miles.
Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.
https://www.facebook.com/randy.jones.33234
http://randyswildlifeandnaturephotography.com/

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Offline Lance

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2016, 03:50:51 PM »
Your wildlife photos are awesome Randy!  What lens are you shooting?
Gonna get to the refuge and camp with the family next weekend, and then climb later on in the month.  Just a great area!

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Offline ambersdad

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2016, 04:20:37 PM »
Your wildlife photos are awesome Randy!  What lens are you shooting?
Gonna get to the refuge and camp with the family next weekend, and then climb later on in the month.  Just a great area!

Thanks lance! I go back and forth between a Canon 100-400 and the Tamron 150-600, but have been using the Tamron a lot more lately. I like the reach it gives.  Don't feel the need to get as close with it.

I wish I had your eye for landscape shots.  Great stuff!

The Refuge is a great area. 
Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.
https://www.facebook.com/randy.jones.33234
http://randyswildlifeandnaturephotography.com/

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Offline mbender

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2016, 06:25:36 PM »
150-600 !!! Just mount you a 35 mm and getchurself reeeeeal close!  :icon_eek:

Great stuff.... Char broiled buffalo LOL

Must be nice to be so close to such a place!

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Offline ambersdad

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2016, 07:43:43 AM »
150-600 !!! Just mount you a 35 mm and getchurself reeeeeal close!  :icon_eek:

Great stuff.... Char broiled buffalo LOL

Must be nice to be so close to such a place!
In some cases big is better.    ;)  But that lens alone weights 75 oz.  Not that big a deal day hiking, but certainly adds to the weight of a backpack quickly.

The Wichita Mountains is one of those places worth visiting if in the area. It has a lot to offer for those that diligently seek it.

 
Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.
https://www.facebook.com/randy.jones.33234
http://randyswildlifeandnaturephotography.com/

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Offline mbender

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Re: A few Days at the Wichita Mountains
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2016, 06:07:20 PM »
150-600 !!! Just mount you a 35 mm and getchurself reeeeeal close!  :icon_eek:

Great stuff.... Char broiled buffalo LOL

Must be nice to be so close to such a place!
In some cases big is better.    ;)  But that lens alone weights 75 oz.  Not that big a deal day hiking, but certainly adds to the weight of a backpack quickly.

The Wichita Mountains is one of those places worth visiting if in the area. It has a lot to offer for those that diligently seek it.

I've been there!  :great:
Yet-another-trip-report I haven't yet gotten around to!

 


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