In 2014 the National Park Service
hired me to photograph the Mineral King area for future photo needs
they would have. I spent a number of days photographing this
area in summer and during the fall color season. The Coldwater
Nature Trail runs right along the East Fork of the Kaweah River and
gives great access for shooting wildflowers, river landscapes, and
views to the mountains. Songbirds fly along the river and the
beauty of this little valley is really stunning. There is some
walking involved on uneven ground and trails, and above 7000 feet,
but the photo safari does not climb the trails into the nearby
mountains - we stay on the valley floor and along the river and
waterfalls. This is an Explore! Safari.
We meet in Three Rivers at 6:00am and head up the road to Mineral King,
photographing landscapes along the way. Layered clothing,
hats, and bug repellant are needed. We take our lunches, and
return to Three Rivers around 4pm.