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raphy. In his photos, chub and crayfish dart amidst the riffle of a stream, and
the Milky Way shines bright over Hughes Mountain.
"That's one of the great things about photography," Matt says, "There's so
many different segments a person could spend their lifetime pursuing."
Primarily self-taught through trial and error, Matt's photographic mentor
is Mike Blair, a staff photographer for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and
Parks. Further inspiration came from Joel Vance's articles, which Matt fondly
recalls reading in secondhand copies of Missouri Conservationist he received
while still living in Kansas. Life came full circle when Mike helped guide Matt
in creating his book and Joel wrote its foreword.
More than a portfolio of his best work, Matt hopes the book serves as an
inspiration. In the same way his love of the outdoors was expounded by others,
he hopes his pictures might prompt those of a younger generation to explore
Missouri's wilds.
"I'm quick to point out I didn't make the photograph - it's God the creator
that makes these and I'm just taking the photos," Matt
says. "If there's one or two individuals who have a desire
sparked to see what the outdoors can offer, then it's all
worth it. I feel that's part of my purpose in life; to share
what's out there."

Rogersville

Matt's book "Missouri, Wild and Wonderful"
is available to preview and purchase at www.
mattmilesphotography.com and from retailers
around the state. Copies are $39.95 each. For
more photography, follow Matt on Facebook.

Top left: Matt called this curious bobcat from his photography blind in Mississippi County. Top
right: A cardinal perches on snow-frosted possum haw at Matt's home. Above left: Matt was
actually out to photograph wild turkeys when he crossed paths with this black bear marking trees
in Webster County. Above right: A ruby-throated hummingbird drinks deep from columbine
growing near Rogersville. Below: Sun rises over foggy Linden's Prairie in Lawrence County.

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