What comes to mind when asked to describe a traditional Oklahoma landscape? Take a second to think.
Does the image of a summer sunset shining on countless acres of flat farmland that surrounds a small red barn next to a slowly turning, rickety ol’ windpump pop into your head? Maybe. Maybe not.
But this stereotypical illustration, while it may be beautiful and unique, surely isn’t all Oklahoma has to offer in terms of its landscape. And a newly relaunched website is here with a mission to change some people’s perceptions of our state.
“OklaVision is a premiere, high-definition, online video network that features the very beautiful, scenic Oklahoma landscape, the diverse wildlife, all the different habitats that are in the state,” said Becky King, senior vice president and creative director at Ackerman McQueen, the Oklahoma City-based advertising agency and production house involved with the project.
“There’s so much diversity, and a lot of people, even inside Oklahoma, aren’t aware of how they can take a two-hour drive and be in a totally different environment.”
There are about a dozen different ecoregions in Oklahoma, with varying landscapes, including forests, lakes, swamps, rivers, prairies and even caves.
With OklaVision.tv, anyone around the world can view travel destinations across the state — everything from aerial video of Broken Bow Lake in southeast Oklahoma to the sparking caves at the Alabaster Caverns near the Panhandle.
King said the site, presented by The Chickasaw Nation, is approaching 50 videos. Each video features original Oklahoma music provided by Chickasaw composers and musicians or works by the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“I think that a lot of people who have never been here don’t have an accurate view of what this state looks like and what it has to offer for a vacation,” King said. “The overall mission is to truly promote Oklahoma destinations as a tourism destination. If we can increase awareness with people both inside the state and outside the state, even the world, about all that Oklahoma has to offer, then I think that the site will be a big success.”
OklaVision.tv has partnered with the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy and similar agencies to help in the process of producing high-quality content for the site, King said.
“They’re a great partner because they manage so many different properties in multiple, different ecoregions within the state,” she said. “They have experts on site who can work with us to help us find the wildlife, and they can point out some of the things our videographers need to capture.”
OklaVision.tv is a great tool for planning trips. Other than the HD videos, helpful maps, descriptions and links to travel sites make deciding the next family getaway a breeze.