Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

History of Nature and Landscape Photography, The Beginnings

Sir Henry Fox Talbot; early 1840’s

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Photography has had a preoccupation with nature almost from the very beginning. In fact, it was probably a preoccupation with nature that led to photography in the first place. The Pencil of Nature was a photobook published in the mid-1840’s by Sir Henry Fox Talbot, who was the first to successfully develop a reproducible negative.

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Things to do in Denver (When You’re Not Dead)

Posted in Adventure, art, black and white, family, Hike, Jason Gray, learning, nikon, Park, photography, Travel, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on February 28, 2019

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Friends, here are some things (I call them ‘musts’) to do in Denver when you are not dead. I happened to fit them all into a single day, but you could definitely spread them out over a longer trip.

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Glassberg Family, Phantom Forest and Bittersweet Woods Conservation Areas

Posted in Adventure, art, Backpacking, Hike, Jason Gray, nikon, Park, photography, St. Louis, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on February 24, 2019

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We are fortunate to live in a State with a large number of wonderfully maintained and well apportioned State Parks (did you know that Missouri has more State Parks than Colorado?). With sites like Don Robinson State Park, Lake of the Ozarks State Park (the State’s largest at 17,000 acres), Castlewood State Park, and over 40 others, it can seem like opportunities to enjoy the outdoors are endless. However, if your intention is to really “get away”, the State Parks can be a bit crowded at times. Enter what I think are one of Missouri’s true treasures, its Conservation and Natural Areas.

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Outdoor USA

Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, family, Hike, Jason Gray, photography, Travel, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on February 21, 2019

Riverway Getaway

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Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) is Missouri’s largest National Park Services property, of which there are twelve, and the first national park in the United States to protect a river. It is a wonderful space for family camping or for an outing with friends, and summer float trips here are both a State tradition and right of passage. 

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Travel

Posted in Adventure, cruise, Jason Gray, photography, St. Louis, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on February 17, 2019

Adventure

Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, Hike, Jason Gray, photography, St. Louis, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on February 17, 2019

St. Louis City Parks

Posted in Adventure, Hike, Jason Gray, Park, photography, St. Louis, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on February 17, 2019

St. Louis County Parks

Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, Hike, Jason Gray, photography, St. Louis, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on February 17, 2019

Missouri Conservation Areas

Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, family, Hike, Jason Gray, photography, St. Louis, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on February 17, 2019