With this post I am sharing more work from my recent visit to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Southwestern Oklahoma. This time I am going to show you some extracted scenes. These are those smaller vignettes that are sometimes incorporated into larger landscapes but are often overlooked as scenes in themselves.
"GABBRO & WILD GRASSES"
This image is of lichen covered gabbro rock and some of the wild grasses found in the refuge. Gabbro is a dark gray to black granitic rock that is found primarily in the central part of the refuge. The closer you get to the perimeter of the park, the less you see of it. The landscape then becomes dominated by the pink and orange granites with a little rhyolite thrown occasionally. The refuge also showcases a large variety of wild grasses, plants, lichens on rock, and flowers. Many of these plants are seasonal with some dormant in the summer and others thriving.
On this morning the rains had finally come to an end for the time being, so I went for a walk through the camp area looking for what I had in mind, a small scene that would showcase the contrast between soft and hard. This is what I found.
Nikon D700 w/Tokina AT-X Pro 17-35/4 @17 mm. ISO 100 @ f/l @ 1/15 second. Processed in Lightroom 5 and Topaz Detail 3.
Another morning on Quanah Parker Lake and I have my twilight and sunrise images completed. The light is still quite nice and I wander around looking for something of interest. I walked up onto a granite overlook that is roughly 15 feet or so above the lakes edge. I immediately see this scene in my mind and begin composing, getting my plane of focus correct, and making a few exposures. I like the dividing line of the rocks against the lake giving the scene depth, but the wildflowers add that perfect touch to give the image some scale and perspective. The scene incorporates most of the common themes and elements found within the refuge.
Nikon D700 w/Tokina AT-X Pro 17-35/4 SD @ 17 mm. ISO 100 @ f/11 @ 1/25 second. Processed in Lightroom 5 and Topaz Detail 3.
Hope you enjoyed both of these images as much as I enjoyed creating them. Until next time . . .