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Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017;

6:30 - 8:30 pm


Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation


Backpacking Photography on the Ozark Trail


Powder Valley Nature Center

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Dan Zarlenga will join us again at the November 21st meeting to present Backpacking Photography on the Ozark Trail. Dan began going on annual, weeklong backpacking trips on Missouri's Ozark Trail in 2007.  Since then, he's hiked all 13 sections of the 360-mile trail, which traverses some of the state's most beautiful areas. It soon became obvious that there were many great photo opportunities during these hikes. After purchasing a Canon G-series advanced compact camera that was light enough to carry for a week on the trail, Dan began attempting to capture some of what he encountered. His presentation will look at considerations when trekking with a camera into the backcountry, and some of images he's acquired along the way. He'll also reveal some sights on the OT that can be conveniently accessed without the rigors of overnight backpacking.

When not hiking, Dan also spends time photographing other landscapes, nightscapes, and macro subjects. Working as a Media Specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation is almost enough to fund his photography activities. His photography has appeared in The Conservation Department’s Natural Events Calendar, The Missouri Conservationist Magazine, the Missouri Prairie Journal, and the book Magnificent Missouri, as well as in exhibits at Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Kansas City, the 2016 Missouri River Shootout Contest Exhibit in Alton, the 2017 St. Louis Lilliputian Film Festival, and the Dark Room in downtown St. Louis.


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