Tag Archive | Blue Mountains

By Day, Into Night

Kevtoberfest #9 Echo Point, Katoomba

The Blue Mountains Region, west of Sydney, is part of the Great Dividing Range and covers an area of 11,400 square kilometres. The rugged sandstone escarpments, sheer cliffs and deep valleys filled with dense eucalypt forest are World Heritage listed and visited by millions of people each year.

One of the best vantage points to view the splendour of the mountains is Echo Point, at Katoomba. Perched on the cliff edge are several lookouts, some jutting out over the valley floor.

With spectacular views of the Three Sisters, the lookouts are popular at any time of day, and especially at sunset when the colour of the stone and sky changes by the minute.

There’s a sense of excitement as the sun begins its descent but, when the last rays of light disappear behind the cliffs, most people watch in silence.

Even the sulphur crested cockatoos, settling into the gum trees for the night, cease their screeching as the daylight begins to fade. It’s an awe-inspiring sight for everyone!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Delicate

Dictionary.com defines lace as “a netlike ornamental fabric made of threads by hand or machine”. In September 2011 while my sister and I were holidaying in Sydney, we went to an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum which featured artworks created around the theme of lace. These beautiful pieces were so delicate and we were admiring of the many hours of intricate work that had gone into their creation.

But as is the case in any art exhibition there were some pieces which were unusual or weird or that we simply didn’t understand. We decided to undertake our own study of lace during the rest of our holiday and began taking photos of lace in nature. Often one of us would stop suddenly, call out “Lace!!” and start taking photos of something quite inconspicuous. It became all-consuming and we amused ourselves greatly!

These photos were all taken in the Blue Mountains and were our attempts to capture the delicacy that is nature.

Wisteria in the garden of the Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge

Wisteria in the garden of the Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge

 

Shadows on a brick wall, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Leura

Shadows on a brick wall, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Leura

 

Cherry blossom, Leura

Cherry blossom, Leura

 

Looking down on the forest in the Jamison Valley. The black dot is the shadow of the Scenic Skyways cable car.

Looking down on the forest in the Jamison Valley. The black dot is the shadow of the Scenic Skyways cable car.

 

Shadows on the boardwalk, Jamison Valley

Shadows on the boardwalk, Jamison Valley

 

Sunset over the Blue Mountains, Katoomba

Sunset over the Blue Mountains, Katoomba

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Purple #2

The National Trust’s Everglades  House and Gardens is in Leura, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Spring is the best time to visit, when the tulips and rhododendrons are in full bloom. The day we visit it’s the bluebell woodland that entrances me – the hum of the bees is the only sound we hear in this tranquil place.