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Marjorie McClintock
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States

Please be aware that some of the things that I do are dangerous to life and property. Storm Chasing and Storm Photography should be left to the professionals. Geology digs are subject to the laws of each state in the USA and may be subject to permits and other requirements. Taking photography of fire is dangerous and must be done under the supervision of an Adult at all times.

Friends please be aware that the only policy or rule that I have is NO foul language, on my site at all.

I will not allow anyone to complain if I choose not to accept a Group photo for APassion4Nature. We are all at a level of professionalism here and I expect you to abide by that standard.


Retired from Law Enforcement after 26 years.
Biologist and Amateur Geologist
Tsisqua =Bird in Cherokee and Ugidali= Feather in Cherokee
When you put them together you get Tsisqua Ugidali Photography.
I am card carrying Native American.

Please do Not post any of my photography on Facebook, Instagram or any other social media site. If I want them there, I will post them myself.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN THE GROUP "APassion4Nature". My son and I are a team and that is a combination of our art, and we are happy to add your nature photography in an attempt to get your work see by others. I am currently involved in numerous groups and that number is growing. You will have the chance to be in the featured section.

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Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
Today, the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge conserves it's historic legacy, as well as habitat for fish and wildlife.   In northwest Oklahoma, the vast salt plains also attracts visitors to dig for crystals containing hourglass shapes that are found nowhere else in the world. 

History:  Imagine the scene.  It is 1811.  Major George C. Sibley, an Indian agent from Fort Osage, Missouri, follows his guide Sans Oreille and others of the Osage tribe to an astonishing vista.  As many as 800 bison roam across a windy plain that Sibley later described as "glistening like a brilliant field  of snow in the summer sun."  Soon, word spread of the Grand Saline as more explorers took in the wonder of the salt-encrusted plain. 

The Osage valued the salt plains and named the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River that flowed around the plain "Nescatunga" (Big Salt Water).  Several other tribes came as well for the same bountiful mix of salt and plentiful game.  The mineral drew bison and deer in great numbers.  After settlers moved into Western Kansas and Texas, the cattlemen sent wagons to the plains to be filled with salt. 

Congress designated the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in 1930 for its significance to migratory waterfowl, and in doing so preserved a significant cultural area as well. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

These crystals as you see them were harvested by my own hand and that of my son, just a few days ago.  Remember the salt, sand and water mix, on top of the heat of the area, form these crystals.  Nature comes first here, due to the rare birds who nest in the salt flats, there are areas that are closed to digging.  Orange posted signs tell you where you can dig.  Everywhere we looked there were dig holes.  Some crystals just lay on top of the soil.  Some you have to dig for.  Some crystals are so heavy laden with soil that they are brown, but shaped like a crystal.
The Salt Plains Lake
The 10,000 acre salt flat forms one third of the refuge that also embraces the Great Salt Plains Lake, wetlands, prairies, woodlands and farm fields.  This impressive habitat diversity within the 32,000 acre refuge adds to its significance for wildlife, particularly migratory and nesting birds. 

Did you know that the Salt Plains is the largest saline flat in the central lowlands of North America.

This image is the Dam Site that feeds the lake.  You will notice a double drop here.  In previous years, this area saw a lot of rainfall and had to design a dam that would be suitable.  This is it. 
For the last few years, Oklahoma has been in a drought.  The water levels have lowered and it is seen at its lowest level in the summer months.
Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that makes up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterized by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing. They have predominantly pale plumage, the exceptions being the brown and Peruvian pelicans. The bills, pouches and bare facial skin of all species become brightly colored before the breeding season. The eight living pelican species have a patchy global distribution, ranging latitudinal from the tropics to the temperate zone, though they are absent from interior South America as well as from polar regions and the open ocean.
Long thought to be related to frigate birds, cormorants, tropicbirds, gannets and boobies, pelicans instead are now known to be most closely related to the shoebill and hamerkop, and are placed in the order Pelecaniformes. Ibises, spoonbills, herons and the desolate bitterns have been classified in the same order. Fossil evidence of pelicans dates back to at least 30 million years to the remains of a beak very similar to that of modern species recovered from Oligocene strata in France. They are thought to have evolved in the Old World and spread into the Americas; this is reflected in the relationships within the genus as the eight species divide into Old World and New World lineages.

Pelicans frequent inland and coastal waters where they feed principally on fish, catching them at or near the water surface. They are gregarious birds, travelling in flocks, hunting cooperatively and breeding colonially. Four white-plumaged species tend to nest on the ground, and four brown or grey-plumaged species nest mainly in trees. The relationship between pelicans and people has often been contentious. The birds have been persecuted because of their perceived competition with commercial and recreational fishing. Their populations have fallen through habitat destruction, disturbance and environmental pollution, and three species are of conservation concern. They also have a long history of cultural significance in mythology, and in Christian and heraldic iconography.
Snowy Plover
Why would a small shorebird nest on hot, windy salt flats?  The salinity of the standing water is so high that the birds can't drink it.  But the snowy plover has found an ingenious solution to the lack of fresh water.  They feast on brine flies and other insects  that are both nutritious and thirst quenching.  While it is not an easy life, the birds find both food and nesting space on the salt plain.
Purple Fylox
Phlox is a genus of 67 species of perennial and annual plants in the family Polemoniaceae. They are found mostly in North America in diverse habitats from alpine tundra to open woodland and prairie. 
Some flower in spring, others in summer and fall. Flowers may be pale blue, violet, pink, bright red, or white. Many are fragrant.


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It's a pleasure to have such a talented photographer as yourself watching my channel! Thank you, and keep up the fantastic work. :wave:
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