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On the Cover: Last July, photographer Kim Baker captured this sunrise over Lake Broken Bow at Beavers Bend State Park. “Oklahoma Blues,” her portfolio of sunrises and sunsets, begins on page 36 of our March/April issue.
What light on yonder horizon breaks or sets? Kim Baker’s eight skyscapes include several state parks—like Beavers Bend, Lake Wister, Great Plains, and more—photographed during Oklahoma’s most magical hours.
Photography by Kim Baker
In History’s Footsteps
In 1819, English scientist Thomas Nuttall blazed a trail of discovery through what would become Oklahoma. Nearly two centuries later, writer Susan Dragoo and artist Debby Kaspari retrace his storied tracks on a trek that takes them from Sugar Loaf Mountain to the Cimarron River.
By Susan Dragoo
Art by Debby Kaspari
The Power of 3
Since its designation in 1939, State Highway 3 has connected Oklahomans from the cypress forests of the southeast to the high plains of the Panhandle. For two men in a Jeep, more than six hundred miles offer connections of their own.
By Nathan Gunter
Photography by James Pratt
Art on the Plains
Agriculture and oil define the northwestern Oklahoma way of life. But Alva—with the help of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s new Oklahoma Cultural District Initiative—is looking to the arts to bring energy to a downtown in the process of revival.
By Tom Lindley
Photography by Rebekah Morrow
James McGirk’s hair-raising exploration of beard culture in Oklahoma; U.S. Highway 70 leads travelers through nine must-see southern Oklahoma destinations; faith finds a voice at Norman’s Festival of Spirituals; and Debby and Michael Kaspari explore the animals, vegetables, and minerals of Greenleaf State Park near Braggs.
Erik Logan is riding the waves on the ocean and the airways; a poem by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish and painting by Terry M. Clark revel in the rural; three donation-based restaurants are opening their tables to those in need; Edmond native Audra Mae is writing her third musical story; and the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club is alive and kicking.
Food & Drink
The Grill King of Norway, Craig Whitson, pines for the restaurants of his Oklahoma City youth and writes a book about perfect pizza; an award-winning recipe will tame any sweet tooth; and six restaurants around the state offer cotton candy, root beer floats, hummus, and other pre- or post-meal freebies to show their customer appreciation.