As a nature photographer, I was immediately drawn to Charon’s Garden Wilderness, part of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma. Named after the ferryman of Hades in Greek mythology, Charon’s Garden boasts a mystical aura that perfectly complements its breathtaking landscapes.

Charon’s Garden Wilderness

Charon’s Garden Wilderness

From its serene lakes to the cascading streams that feed them, the area is a true paradise for photographers like me. On one particular trip, I was struck by the beauty of this place as I made my way to the south trailhead and began my journey along the Charon’s Garden Trail.

Armed with my trusty Fujifilm X100T camera mounted on a tripod, I was eager to capture the essence of this stunning wilderness. Every step I took, every scene I encountered was nothing short of pure magic. Whether it was the tranquil waters, surrounded by towering trees and vegetation or the two small waterfalls that spill over rocks, Charon’s Garden Wilderness is a true gem for those who love the great outdoors.

With my camera at the ready, I took in all the beauty that surrounded me and captured as much of it as I could. It was a humbling experience, to be in the presence of such raw and untamed beauty, and I was honored to be able to capture it through my lens. As a nature photographer, I strive to capture the essence of the places I visit and the moments I experience, and Charon’s Garden Wilderness is one of those special places that I will never forget.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Aperture f8
  • ISO 200
  • Shutter speed – 1/12
  • Focal Length – 23 mm (Fixed)

Here is another landscape photo I made at this refuge: Jed Johnson Tower