Wild and Scenic Kern River South Fork

Kern River South Fork

I’ve never been here before, this designated scenic and wild river drains the Southern Sierra and is a lot closer then the rest of the Sierra. I backpacked here with Christina and we were the only souls around besides two beavers wacking their tails in the swift moving water. We didn’t even know they were there until after it sounded like someone threw a rock in the water while we were filling our camelbaks. Dam beavers had us looking around for a few seconds!

A few back lit clouds hovered over the right spot at sunrise. The oddly clumped grass islands caught my eye the day before so I returned at the following morning. Too much brush to get through for most of the river but that’s why they call it wild and scenic. This is a 4 shot panoramic stitch with 3 bracketed shots for the dynamic range which meant a lot of work in the post processing. Sometimes for the photographer the experience is hard to convey in just one photograph.

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5 Responses to “Wild and Scenic Kern River South Fork”

  1. Glenn Mills Says:

    Beautifully done. Love the light on the water. Was there a little snow on those hills?

  2. Steve Sieren Says:

    Hi Glen, Hope your recovery is going fine. No snow there just highlights from rocks on the rugged slope.

  3. Sharon Van Lieu Says:

    Great clouds, great reflection and a great composition.


  4. Derrick Says:

    I first saw this post on my cell phone and even then the image was stunning… seeing it on the computer only reinforces it. Wonderful work.

  5. David Leland Hyde Says:

    Nice photograph. Sounds like a good trip.

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