If You Hate Reading, You’ll Love this Book Filled with Missouri Nature Photography

We peeked inside Missouri, Wild and Wonderful, 417-lander Matt Miles’ new collection of stunning nature photography.

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What makes BBC’s Planet Earth so remarkable is the fleeting beauty of the moments it captures. Whether it’s soaring eagles, blossoming wildflowers or lions chasing down their prey, these incredible moments seem ephemeral—suspended in time, gone almost as soon as they appear. Such is the experience of flipping through Webster County–based environmental consultant Matt Miles’ new book of nature photography, Missouri, Wild and Wonderful, which features vibrant images of the state’s breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Featuring a foreword by beloved Missouri writer Joel M. Vance, the book takes readers on a journey through the state’s most precious locations and creatures, which are captured in a collection of 140 photographs taken by Miles on his expeditions over the past several years. Accompanied by fascinating accounts of how some of the photos were taken and intriguing details about the species and locations that are featured, the images are crisp and evocative. It’s easy to be transfixed by the piercing eyes of a graceful fox, feel your pulse quicken at the sight of a massive black bear rumbling through rural Douglas County or imagine the murmur of Long Creek as it flows through Hercules Glades Wilderness Area. Although the beauty of the imagery is arresting, what stands out most of all is Miles’ deep affection for Missouri’s wild places. In its pages, he describes the origins of his passion for nature photography. Beyond a love of the art form, it’s his lifelong adoration of the natural world and desire to celebrate and protect it that motivates the project. Early in the book, he jokes that he would never have believed someone if they’d told him years ago that taking photographs would cut into his fishing time. We should all be grateful that it has.

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