Jed Johnson Tower sits atop a hill near Lake Jed Johnson at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This tower is an old fire-watch station built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1941, before the U.S. formally entered World War II. Now abandoned, it is not open to visitors, reportedly because it is structurally unsound. The tower is about 60 feet tall.

Jed Johnson (July 31, 1888 – May 8, 1963) was a United States Representative from Oklahoma and a Judge of the United States Customs Court.

Jed Johnson Tower
Jed Johnson Tower

How I Got The Shot – Jed Johnson Tower

I parked in a parking lot that is on the south side of the lake. I had a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/1250 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 360 mm

Here are more photos I took this year at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge:

  1. Wild Texas Longhorn
  2. Black-tailed Prairie Dog With Muddy Nose
  3. Two Rio Grande Turkeys Displaying
  4. Charon’s Garden Wilderness