Update: I’m in grad school! So no California for me right now 😦 But yay I’m in grad school! My photos, at least for the summer, will be of the beautiful central Michigan area. I’m studying – and this might shock you – snakes. 🙂 Let’s do this!

I am Monica Noel Matthews, recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz and current student in a Wildlife Corridor program. Animals and the landscapes that surround them are my passion and I hope to forge a career combining my passion for creatures around the world with my passion for journalism and photography, starting with this blog.

In addition to wildlife and nature photography, I enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, trail running, lifting and working out in the gym and playing various sports, including rugby and soccer. If you’re in the Bay Area in Northern California and are interested in rock climbing, hiking or birding, hit me up!


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Also, please enjoy my ever growing collection of pictures of me holding snakes. The species include Gopher snake, Aquatic garter snake, Mexican vine snake and Northern cat-eyed snake.

You may not see it, but I'm holding a huge gopher snake in this photo.
You may not see it, but I’m holding a huge gopher snake in this photo.



Mexican vine snake versus scorpion. No creatures were harmed during the making of this photoshoot :)
Mexican vine snake versus scorpion. No creatures were harmed during the making of this photoshoot 🙂
Northern cat-eyed snake
Northern cat-eyed snake


7 thoughts on “About”

  1. You have a nice start on your blog, I’m looking forwards to seeing more of your work in the future. It’s all ways good to see a younger person that has the appreciation for the out doors. I hope you never loose that passion and good luck with your studies at the WCP. I would like to know what type of camera that you are using to gather your images. Anyway, glad that we stumbled across one another. Keep clicking and I’ll see you on the other side of the lens, Michael
    PS: I can read your reader, it works just fine for me.

    1. Thank you so much, I’m glad you like the posts so far! For my photos, I use a Canon Powershot for the shots of birds and some landscape shots but I have to use my iPhone for smaller things like bugs and more macro stuff.

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