My name is Mike Matenkosky and I'm an Central Valley CA photographer. I specialize in landscape, nature, wildlife and fine art photography. You can find me around Merced CA, Yosemite National Park, Merced National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and San Luis NWR. I love seeing what God has created!

Besides Backpacking and Hiking, I love cars. I have a 1968 Dodge Coronet 500 convertible and a 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400.

I am also the admin for the 3:1 Landscape Group

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    Cliff Stone says:

    "I've enjoyed Mike's photography for some time now. His Yosemite photographs inspire me and I envy his home location that is so close to the park.

    His passion for landscape photography and fast cars is something I share as well.

    I hope you explore his photos and that you enjoy them as much as I have."

    March 16th, 2008

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    Buck Forester says:

    "Mike takes some of the best Yosemite photos I've seen. His love and passion for Yosemite and the Sierra are clearly reflected in his images. He's also a fine wildlife photographer too. I enjoy his talent and seeing his perspective of God's creation through his viewfinder."

    February 18th, 2008

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    leapin26 says:

    "I've known Mike on-line for a few years now. He has an excellent eye for composition. I love viewing all his photographs, especially his Yosemite photos, for which he has an amazing collection. Now that he has a 5D, I am hoping to see many more excellent photos in his stream in the near future."

    December 6th, 2007

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    Windwalker Images says:

    "I have known Mike as a personal friend for many years now. We first met in person on the Tioga road in Yosemite just before we headed into the wilderness to climb North Dome. We have enjoyed many trips into the wilderness over the years, warm summer days and cold winter nights after snowshoeing into a meadow to snow camp in Yosemite...many, many good times and fond memories.

    Mike's attitude through his many physical trials and his steadfast faith in his God have been inspirational to say the least.

    I have watched him grow immensely as a photographer over the years and his love of nature and the great outdoors shines through in his photographs.

    Mike is a Great Friend!"

    October 11th, 2007

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    nondescript rifle says:

    "I am not here to testify about Mike's photos but about his faith
    Mike actually contracted Lyme disease. he is a living testimony to relying on God and never giving up. the Apostle Paul said " In all things give thanks" WTG Mike you are one of my heroes. Most peolple would give up and feel sorry for themselves but Mike contin ues to deal with whatever comes his way. he still does his photography in whatever capacity God allows. Mike I am assured that all pain and injuries will be gone when we arrive at the streets of Gold. Until then perservere my friend. May God bless your comings and goings"

    June 7th, 2007

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    mrwsierra says:

    "Mike's work, particularly his diverse and tremendously interesting work in Yosemite and the Central Valley, is of the highest quality. Surf his photostream and you'll see what I mean. Some of his work flat out makes me jealous!"

    June 6th, 2007

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    James Neeley says:

    "Superb photographer, Mike Matenkosky (Images In The Backcountry) displays a wonderful portfolio of images on flickr. Always well composed and tastefully processed, his images are a pleasure to view and to learn from. Even with his limited mobility he comes up with some fantastic images and it's always worth the stop at "Images In The Backcountry.""

    April 20th, 2007

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    copeg says:

    "Mike is very talented in his ability to capture the beauty of the areas he visits. I will always be astounded by his strength as a person and his love for the outdoors, both of which truly shows through in his photography. If you haven't yet, get to know Mike through his beautiful work."

    April 22nd, 2007

Mike Matenkosky
January 2007
Murrysville, Pa
Atwater, USA
I am:
Male and Taken
Take Up Space (Disabled)
Images in the Backcountry