About the Book
I first came to Alabama to work for the McDowell Environmental Center as a seasonal educator. I enjoyed my experience so much that I returned for a second season. It was during my time here that I discovered the wonder and beauty of the Bankhead National Forest. With more than 1000 acres of land along Clear Creek, Camp McDowell is more than just a retreat for the Episcopal Diocese or and educational facility for regional schools. The camp protects a habitat for thousands of species of plants and animals, including a handful of rare and endangered species. Evidence has even been found suggesting the property was once an ancient sacred Native American site. The canyons, waterfalls, plants, animals, and history are all what make Camp McDowell a special and magical place.
This book contains a portfolio of 38 of my best photographs taken on Camp McDowell's property during the Fall of 2005 and Spring of 2006.
Matthew is a naturalist and educator who has worked all over the country. Currently he is in Moscow, Idaho as a graduate student in the University of Idaho's biology department. Matt was first introduced to photography when he picked up his parents' fully manual Minolta SRT-201 almost 15 years ago. Since then, he has developed into a great photographer who specializes in capturing the essence and beauty of the natural world. Matt is still improving his skills behind the camera and he will continue to show off his work on the internet, through books, and by selling prints.