Mountain Mirror (Fontana Lake Kayak Camping, 7-31-09, view NW)

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Comments (8)

David Brown Photogra… on September 30, 2009

I heard that the river leaving Fontana was at almost 15,000cfs at Bryson City last week ? Did you see that? I have seen 3,000 on one of our rivers back East here, but 15,000 sounds..... BIG.

Nice trip by the looks of it.

Kevin Childress on October 29, 2009

Hello, Jethro! I missed the 15k cfs ... and frankly, I'm GLAD!! Yes, 15k cfs does sound big, and CRAZY!! It's sticking to the flat-water touring for this boy!!

Kevin Childress on October 29, 2009

Jethro, I should add that I learned today my Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125 IS NOT the ideal boat for storm-level ocean adventure!! (One of those things you know but just have to try anyway?) Got waxed by a 7' breaker trying to make the turn back to shore! The wife was not happy awaiting my 100 meter swim back to the beach. Tomorrow holds a much more appropriate medium for the long-boat experience ... off for a little intra-coastal waterway exploration around Bear Island and Huggins Island.

Best regards,


David Brown Photogra… on November 2, 2009

Kevin thanks for the update and apologies for delay in responding but I was away west kayaking and photographing kayaking. I might just post one or two of my kids been daft at Hooker Falls !

Bear Island is excellent kayaking but adds reason to have a GPS with you as the little bitty islands around the ICW and Bear Island can be confusing.

I broke my fiberglass boat in two off Hatteras in a wave (and lost my expensive prescription sunglasses) when I also was picked up and slammed by a 'breaker'. It sure lived up to its name.

All the best from the flat bit of NC.

Kevin Childress on November 3, 2009

Jethro, Well said about the confusion of ICW paddling ... lot's of places to get turned around! The journey to Bear Island was a success; truly a great time! We experienced the full range of low and high water, sun and clouds, calm breeze, and full-on wind.

Now its the frustration of selecting which pics to share ... as you know the perspective from water level, in the salt marshes, is not quite the same as that of the Smokies.

Greetings from Davidson, and best regards!


David Brown Photogra… on November 5, 2009

Yep, understand 100% Kevin - kayaking pics (except for sunsets etc) just ain't the same. Except if you can manage to get one like this one.

Glad the Bear Island trip worked out though....

Jeroen Verburg on April 1, 2010

Wow, I came upon this photo through the new 'slideshow . Impressive picture in full size!


Kevin Childress on April 2, 2010

This is definitely a beautiful place ... especially when seen 1.5 feet from the water surface in a kayak! I intend to go back again this year but I think I'll wait till later in the year to catch some of the fall color.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 3, 2009
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    by Kevin Childress
    • Taken on 2009/07/31 17:03:42
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 5.85mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash