About Mathew Tekulsky

69261_127265430786910_1233566117_n-1When I was young, I would watch my grandfather develop his own photographs in a darkroom in his basement. I was inspired by his love of the craft and the passion he showed in displaying the wonders of nature. On my fifteenth birthday, he gave me my first camera, a Nikon Nikkorex Zoom 35, and my journey began.

Many years later, after pursuing a career as an author, writing books including THE HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN and BACKYARD BIRDFEEDING FOR BEGINNERS, Nationalgeographic.com gave me an opportunity to write a column, “The Birdman of Bel Air”. As I wrote these essays on my adventures with birds, I found my interest shifting from the word to the image. Today, after taking photographs over two hemispheres, from Vermont, the Grand Tetons, Yosemite and the Sierras to British Columbia, the Galapagos, and Hawaii, I am honored to have had my photographs displayed in such places as the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the U. S. Department of the Interior Museum. I am also a contributor to VIREO, the world’s most comprehensive collection of ornithological images, and my bird photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines.

My goal is that my photographs of birds and landscapes help share a vision of the world’s natural splendor and offer an opportunity to appreciate and respect all animal life and their habitats.

I would like to dedicate these photographs to my grandfather, Leo Fish, and thank him for that fifteenth birthday present.