It’s been busy and a little stressful and, well, do I need to draw you a picture? Okay, what the heck. I got up to the OKC Zoo the other day, doing some research for a new Bird Watcher’s Digest ID plate of North American Swans I’m working on. The OKC zoo is one of my very favorite sketch spots and has a surprising variety of interesting animals. Need to see a Bush Dog? Or a meandering Okapi? How about Andean Condors and Harpy Eagles? Would you enjoy viewing Tragopans and black crappie, although not together? Would a pair of Tundra swans get your heart pounding, especially in the company of White-faced whistling ducks and red pochards?
I’m delighted with the zoo’s new “Oklahoma Trails” section. It’s a wooden raised boardwalk taking you through all the biomes of this diverse state, from the dry arroyos of Black Mesa (northwestern) to the gator swamps of Little Dixie (southeastern) to tallgrass prairie of the central zones. It even has wonderful signage. Having a few hours to spare, sketching at the zoo was my afternoon head-clearer. Better than shopping.