During my recent visit to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I was able to photograph a Wild Texas Longhorn in its natural habitat. These majestic animals are not only beautiful, but they also hold a rich cultural and historical significance in the region.

Texas Longhorn
Texas Longhorn

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the goal is to keep the heritage of these Longhorn cattle alive for future generations. They aim to keep these historically important cattle in their natural state, as much as possible, so people can appreciate and learn about them.

These Longhorns are tough and full of life, which makes them perfect for the dry climate of the Southwest. They’ve roamed the region for over 300 years and have left a lasting impact on both the economy and culture of the area.

I was lucky enough to come across this Longhorn while it was munching on some grass on the side of the road. I patiently waited for it to look up so I could get a picture. I was using a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm lens and a Fringer EF-FX Pro adapter. I propped my camera up on a bean bag that was resting on the open window of my pickup truck.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/320 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 135 mm

Another photo I took of a Texas Longhorns: Texas Longhorn Calf