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Mike Matenkosky
Works at Images in the Backcountry. I’m a Central Valley California photographer specializing in fine art landscape, nature, wildlife, black & white and inspirational photography.
Attended Franklin Regional High School
Lives in Atwater, CA
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Just wanted to share a new theme from I've been using their themes for several years. I admit, most of them are not specifically for photographers. I'm not using this theme, mainly because I just re-designed my theme (based on his 'Stargazer' theme), but I thought I'd post this for anybody that is looking for a good (free) photographer/portfolio theme.
Ravel looks good out of the box. Designed by Tung Do (@tungdo), one of WordPress' top designers, Ravel is a theme for people who want a little personality
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Still hoping to get up to the high country of Yosemite before the water/snow is gone. Thought I'd share one from a few years ago.

The Red Glow at Tuolumne Meadows 2012
Buy the picture called "The Red Glow at Tuolumne Meadows" from the Central Valley California's photographer Mike Matenkosky available for fine art prints and for stock photography.
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Great work +Mike Matenkosky. Like the tones on this one
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An American Avocet Territory Dispute - Central Valley - March 2014

Not a Geographic Magazine moment, but wanted to share this recent picture for #wildlifewednesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak.

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Thanks +Rachel Cohen!
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Next - Central Valley California - March 2014

An #abstract photo that kind of looks like a "next" arrow....I think...LOL!
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Setting Moon at Lake Yosemite - March 2014

Hot off the press! Took a drive to Lake Yosemite this morning to photograph the setting moon. I managed to get a flock of Geese too!

#fullmoon #lakeyosemite #centralvalleycalifornia
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You are welcome Mike, keep creating and sharing. 
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Happy Birthday to "The Backcountry", my backpacking and hiking website. It started as a college class assignment on programming. I had to create a website. I used GeoCities and I called it "Mike's Hikes and Stuff". Decided to buy a domain and twelve years later, it's still up.

For the past few weeks, I've been creating a new theme. It's based on one of  the themes ('Stargazer'). Let me know if you find any bugs...
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Quite the trip down memory lane for you +Mike Matenkosky, Happy Birthday Mike's Hikes and Stuff!
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Moon and Flag Over the Shooting Star - Merced Regional Airport - May 13, 2014

#moon #moonphotography  

On the way to my daughter's gymnastic/cheer practice I saw a cool photo-op....the moon, a Lockheed P-80 "Shooting Star" and the flag flying overhead. Problem is, I left my camera at home.

I came back the next day and got these...
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Cheer is what I thought you meant +Mike Matenkosky, I was just making sure!
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Thanks Barry!
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The Amercan Avocet Dream - Central Valley Californis - March 2014

It's been a while since I posted anything for +Wildlife Wednesdays.

#amercanavocet #wildlifewednesday #wildlife #centralvalleycalifornia
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Been wanting to visit the refuge for some time now. Decided to get up and take a drive before the birds left for the season. Since I’m more of a landscape photographer than a wildlife guy, I hoped for some nice colors this morning. There wasn’t any fog…

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Well, forgive me for posting more family photos here. Lately I’ve had more opportunities to take family photos than nature stuff. Anyway, last night 6 kids earned their brown-belts last night at Moore’s Karate, Atwater. As a parent, it was tough because…
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Hello Mike, your family photos are nice, it's okay 
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I thought I’d join in on Jim Goldstein’s Annual “Your Best Photos Blog Project” this year. It has been an interesting year to say the least. I had the pleasure of meeting G Dan Mitchell and David Hoffman one chilly … Continue reading →
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Very nice work, Mike!
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"Retired" (Disabled), Landscape & Nature Photographer
  • Images in the Backcountry. I’m a Central Valley California photographer specializing in fine art landscape, nature, wildlife, black & white and inspirational photography.
    Nature Photographer, present
  • Fisher Research Labratory
    Engineering Technician, 1993 - 2006
  • Sears, Roebuck and Company
    Service Advisor, 1991 - 1993
  • USAF
    ATC RADAR Maintenance / Electronic Technician, 1986 - 1991
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Atwater, CA
Plum Borough, PA - Murrysville, PA - Biloxi, MS - King Salmon, AK - Merced, CA
Landscape & Nature Photographer - Hiker / Backpacker - Musclecar Lover

I was born and raised in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but now I live in the Central Valley of California.

I’m a nature photographer specializing in fine art landscape, nature, wildlife, black & white and inspirational photography. But my passion is landscape photography.

Besides photography, I enjoyed hiking and backpacking and I enjoyed fixing up muscle cars. I have a 1968 Dodge Coronet 500 convertible waiting for a restoration and have been known to drag race my 1969 Firebird 400 at Sacramento Raceway, at least before my knees went south.

I'm involved in
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oogle+ users I recommend:
+Michael Frye
+Paul Marcellini
+Karl Johnston

Learn about the Public Circles Project:

  • Franklin Regional High School
  • Merced College
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The Google+ Project

The Google+ project makes sharing online more like sharing in real life. Take the interactive tour for a quick look at five of the first key

New Blog Framework – Custom ‘Trending Theme’ – Justin Tadlock

My new blog theme using Justin Tadlock's new 'Trending' parent theme and my custom child theme called 'Mammoth Peak Two".

Jake's Christmas Gift - Tom Zander

Atwater Community Bible Church's version of "Jake's Christmas Gift" written by Tom Zander.

Moore’s Karate – Training and Sparring Competition Day

This afternoon, we spent the day at Moore's Karate in Turlock California at the first Training and Sparring Competition Day. They both had f

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for the Photographer

An article about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for the photographer.

Google Plus | Google+

Trying to figure out my new Google+ (Google Plus) account.

Mike Matenkosky - Central Valley CA Landscape & Nature Photographer

Mike is a Central Valley (Atwater/Merced/Modesto) California nature photographer who loves landscape, wildlife & inspirational photograh

Mike Matenkosky (@HikinMike) on Twitter

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The New Backyard DIY Photography Blind, Pond and Waterfall

Images in the Backcountry Blog. California Nature Photography by Mike Matenkosky. Nature Photography; Picture Gallery. Landscape. Landscape

The Tower and Moon in Black and White - Lake Yosemite

A black and white picture showing "The Tower" and the Moon from Lake Yosemite in Merced California.

Moon at Lake Yosemite & Tower - Merced, CA

A picture of "The Tower" and the Moon over Lake Yosemite in Merced California.

Mike's 47th Birthday

My 47th birthday snapshot taken by my oldest daughter, Hannah.

Flickr: Images In The Backcountry

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos t

The Backyard DIY Photography Blind and Habitat

An article on building a Backyard DIY Photography Blind and Habitat.

HDR Photography Using Layer Masks and Hand Blending Techniques in Photoshop

An article about creating realistic HDRs using Layer Masks and hand-blending techniques in Photoshop.

Central Valley CA - Landscape, Nature, Wildlife & Inspirational ...

I'm a Central Valley California (Atwater, Merced, Los Banos, Turlock & Modesto) nature photographer specializing in fine art landsca

Atwater Community Bible Church - Winton Way; Atwater, CA 95301

Atwater Community Bible Church is located at 5890 North Winton Way in Atwater California 95301 between Winton and Merced CA.

Pictures For Your Walls - Images For Every Decor

Pictures For Your Walls - Images For Every Decor. Quality images at affordable prices. Pictures for both home and office decors.

Radio Control Model Airplane & Single Stick Transmitter Stuff

I showcase my radio control Single Stick Stuff and some of my newer electric powered, foamies, and sailplane model airplanes here.