After moving to Missouri in late 2015 I hiked at numerous parks and conservation areas, and I quickly became enthralled by the beauty of the state. A little over a year into my travels, I learned that Missouri State Parks was celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2017. In celebration of their efforts to preserve the natural beauty of Missouri for all to enjoy, I began to focus my expeditions on exploring the State Parks.
As of 1 January 2018 I have been to 18 of the 56 state parks. For every park I visited, I followed various trails, hiking up to eleven miles on each trip, frequently alone. My aim with these hikes was to not only explore and experience nature, but also to be inspired by it. Each park has it's own personality and unique features, and through this project I have been introduced to many amazing places. With only myself and my surroundings as company, these trips have caused me to turn inward, and have given me a deeper connection with nature and myself. The photographs in this collection are from my first years exploring Missouri, from late 2015 through mid 2017.