This Drone Footage Of The Wichita Mountain Blizzard Is Amazing
When the forecast called for another Southwest Oklahoma February blizzard last week, the majority of most people invaded the grocery stores with a plan to stock up and stay in during the storm. I'll fully admit, I was one of those people. I figured I'd get a few days to work in my own recliner, I wasn't about to pass up on that.
A small portion of the population was called to duty to show up to work and perform as if the weather hadn't changed. After two years of the pandemic, we know these people by the title "Essential Workers" and should give nothing but respect to them when we have the opportunity.
Even fewer people took full advantage of the snow-daze and braved the conditions to see and capture what the rest of us were missing. The frozen Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge among other areas of Southwest Oklahoma... and The Pemberton Boys YouTube channel deserve all of the credit that's due.
Over the last four-ish years, The Pemberton Boys channel has grown from being a father's hobby to a family tradition. They travel to see the sights, the kids have a great time, the dad gets to have priceless experiences none of them will ever forget... especially since it's so well preserved online.
This is the same family of amazing cold-weather grit that explored the frozen mountains during 2021's record-breaking blizzard. It was infinitely cool and you can check that out here.
As we all know, the government is super-uncool about flying drones in the refuge and has investigated and/or prosecuted everyone that has been caught doing so... It's important to note The Pemberton Boys channel insists they didn't break any rules making this. Most shots seem to be from the outside looking in, and those within the refuge are obviously done from ground-level with handheld cams.
That all said, here are some of the absolute prime examples of beauty most of us have never seen. A look above the snowy Wichita Mountains.
Looking down the creek into the heart of the mountains. It's not just ugly oaks and cedars.
A quick detour to see the freezing Lake Lawtonka at Robinsons Landing, Mount Scott proudly in the background.
The simple beauty of snow and ice exists by flowing crystal clear waters and green life.
The mighty Sheridan Mountain towering over the frozen plains.
A view of Sheridan Mountain nobody ever gets to see. Looking further up the range.
The Pemberton Boys should totally sell prints of this shot. It's hauntingly beautiful.
If we're talking SWOK mountains, you can't miss the Quartz Mountains North of Altus.
Low levels, but Lake Lugert's tea-stained waters are some of SWOK's prettiest.
Snow-covered mountains are so rare in SWOK because the land is so varied and rough. It's often as if you can't see the forest through the trees. It takes quite a bit of snow accumulation just to be able to see it.
Even the slick hills get their moment to shine in Mother Nature's tuxedo.
If you're like me, watching this not only provides stunning sights in our own collective backyard, but some good-hearted envy of the experiences this family gets to share together.
A HUGE shoutout to The Pemberton Boys. They travel quite a bit and have a spectacular catalog of things you should be exploring while you're here in Southwest Oklahoma. Be sure to give them some views and a sub while you're at it. Enjoy the amazing video below.