Photographer's Note

Grose Valley panorama from Govetts Leap, Blackheath, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

This one's for Lisa, who reminded me with her posting of the Three Sisters of a bunch of pictures I've got in the archive. Also for Delphine who suggested a way of getting a decent sized panorama to display. Hope it works!

The Grose River has cut a deep gorge through the area as it makes its way east towards the Hawkesbury River. Sheer sandstone cliffs standing hundreds of metres above the river make for spectacular scenery and can be viewed extensively from the Blackheath area, where there are a number of accessible lookouts, the best known being Govetts Leap, from which the various images that make up this stitched panorama were taken. The valley can also be viewed from lookouts near Bells Line of Road and points outside Mount Victoria.

Charles Darwin described the Grose Valley as "stupendous… magnificent" when he visited in 1836. In 1859 some of the first photographs in Australia were taken in the valley. At various times there were proposals for rail lines and dams but these have not proceeded. In 1931, the valley was the subject of one of Australia's first forest conservation battles.

Within the valley, the Blue Gum Forest is one place that stands out from the rest of the valley. It consists predominantly of towering Blue Gum trees (Eucalyptus deanei), with a thin understorey because the tall trees inhibit the growth of ground cover by blocking most of the sunlight. Protected by the Blue Mountains National Park, the forest can be accessed only on foot, with several trails from different parts of the Grose Valley and adjacent canyons meeting in the forest.

Try right-clicking and choosing "view image" to see the larger version. Or if you want to see a seriously large version go to Beta TrekEarth!

Originals shot on my old Canon AE1, negs scanned on a Nikon film scanner, and stitched together manually in Photoshop.

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