An Exploration of a Winter Day in Northern Oklahoma
Having delivered my wife Abby to the airport in the morning for her flight to Baltimore to see her newborn grandson, and having the entire day off, I decided to invite my longest-time friend Michael, who I have known since 1975, to grab his new Nikon D7000 and go up to northern Oklahoma to see and photograph the vicinity of the Great Salt Plains State Park and Wildlife Refuge. After breakfast at IHOP in Oklahoma City, we hit the road.
We drove around the lake in a counter-clockwise route, stopping at several turnouts.
The hazy grey sun persisted, but that combination of light lent itself well to our last stop, the salt flats. The park is the only spot in the world where crystal enthusiasts can dig for hourglass selenite, a rare and fragile form of selenite, which is a form of gypsum. Digging times are available from April 1 through October 15.
You can see Michael’s images from this day here (link).
The day ended up being extremely fruitful, not only photographically, but also intellectually, since Michael and I have densely packed conversations about everything, and while we don’t always agree, we are always respectful of each other’s opinions. We ended up having an excellent dinner at El Chico in Enid, Oklahoma.