Taken in my garden today When thinking about pink, at this time of year it is hard to go past the blossom that is appearing in streets and gardens all around the mountains. For more Pink in cities around the world visit City Daily Photo
In 1913 the citizens of Lawson erected a street lamp as a memorial to mark the centenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth in 1813. With the passing of another 100 years in May 2013 the citizens of Lawson again gathered to celebrate the crossing. The party reenacting the crossing unveiled a bust of Lawson in the park where the street lamp still stands -- you can see it in the background. For more images of Street Lamps visit City Daily Photo Theme Day .
As Jim commented the other day it was a beautiful autumn day, perfect for a picnic or stroll in the bush. The Cliff Drive breaks at this point and starts again a little further along winding its way from Katoomba to Leura. I love this drive and take it whenever I can, even when it's out of my way. I hope you have enjoyed this quick peak at its delights.
Around the corner you come across Scenic World, a popular tourist destination with it scenic thrill rides. I didn't get any shots on this trip but I have posted them before -- the Scenic Railway , the Skyway and Cableway . Also this vicinity there a couple of Christian convention centres.
Cliff Drive is a name with much promise. But interestingly, like Sublime Point Road, also starts with a golf course. In the distance you can see the chimney at the Carrington Hotel, a Katoomba landmark. It's a relic of the power station that brought electricity to the town 100 years ago,
But no matter how much the gardens are planted and tended the native forest is never far away in the mountains. As we head down the road the exotic gardens give way to native gardens and not much after to the native bush itself.
Leura is where the more expensive real estate in mountains is located -- high fences, locked gates, tantalising driveways and a solid wall of vegetation hiding the sweeping views that I know are just over that rise. Big gardens with hired help and signs on the gate saying "bore water in use" or "tank water" to stop us getting upset at them using water during drought. Some of the gardens show during the Leura Garden Festival in spring if you want a chance to glimpse behind the walls.
It was a glorious sunny Autumn day on Sunday so the perfect opportunity top choose a new road to walk. This time we are in the up-market village of Leura and walking Sublime Point Road -- who could not want to walk a road with a name like that. It is a longish starting with Fairmont Resort and Leura Golf Club at one end.
It's a long road and at the end of the bitumen there is a further 5 kilometre of dirt track to go which ends at Anvil Rock and the Wind Eroded Rock . We didn't drive out there this time even though it is one of the easiest tracks in the mountains to see great views. Click the links above to see them.
We were in Blackheath to follow our next road that beckons ... in this case Hat Hill Road. At the top of the road where it intersects with the highway there is the Blackheath gardens. Here we found the only 'hats' on this adventure.
At the Craft Market in Blackheath among the predictable stalls of knitted goodies, costume jewellery, silk scarves, paintings, photos, cards and wooden toys we found Rik crafter of beautiful pens, clocks and mirrors. To see other images relating to this theme, visit City Daily Photo.
Walkway across the top of Wentworth Falls The Blue Mountains are all about bush walking. This is one of the heavily used and hence highly maintained tracks. The fence is protecting people from the huge drop of the waterfall, a small slip on those rocks and you'd be gone over the edge. Click here to check out the other creative posts on this theme from City Daily Photo bloggers.
Evans Crown Reserve, near Tarana in the Greater Blue Mountains region. Working on the theme of the Equinox and thinking of balance, mineral, vegetable and spiritual -- Zen balance rocks immediately sprung to mind. Now I don't have the patience to balance my own rocks so I checked through my archives to find some that nature had done for me. Click here to see contributions from other City Daily Photo members on this theme.
I decided to move up the highway to the next town. Linden is one of the smaller towns that make up the City of the Blue Mountains. There are not many streets to choose from so I decided on Tollgate Drive, the highway passes under it.
Magic Pudding Place When I looked at the map at Faulconbridge trying to choose the Road the Beckoned I really couldn't go past Magic Pudding Place. With the name like that there must surely be something interesting to photograph. Mind you Bunyip Blue Gum Road came a close second. These whimsical names come from characters in Norman Lindsay's children's book The Magic Pudding which seems to have everlasting appeal rather like the magic pudding that always has something left no matter how many slices are taken.
Meet Megan one of our attendants on the Great Southern Rail train The Overland which runs from Melbourne (current tennis mad because of the Aussie Open) to Adelaide. Rolling along a railway track through gold, wheat and sheep country reading the recently published anthology The Words that Made Australia - How a Nation Came to Know Itself seemed like a pretty nice way to spend the day to me ... up there with the best of them. Celebrate Australia day with others in the CDP community here.
Shooting club I was surprised to find a shooting club at the end of the road. That's it for this road. The next one Forty Bends Road is at the foot of the mountains in the west. I will be showing it over at Sweet Wayfaring .