Katoomba Falls

From bottom to top, Katoomba Falls

From bottom to top, Katoomba Falls

Katoomba Falls is located in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park in Katoomba. With a height estimated at 230 metres this majestic waterfall takes a series of plunges as it descends into the Jamison valley. I have been here on numerous occasions to photograph this beautiful waterfall in many different moods and water levels. These falls have always been very popular with the many thousands of tourists that visit each year due to the ease at which you can visit the falls. There is a great natural viewing platform where you can take in the falls from mid height and snap as many photos as you like. Another great way to see katoomba falls is from the air via the scenic skyway. From this vantage point you can get a real sense of the height and scale of the falls within the landscape.

One of the great draw cards for these falls is the constant changing environment in which they are situated. I’ve been here in heavy mist, fog, low cloud, rain, intense heat…you name it I’ve tried to capture it. The ever changing moods of the Blue Mountains allow photographers to get a huge range of photos of a scene if you’re willing to put the effort in. I really enjoy visiting certain locations over and over as it gives me the opportunity to get a a real variety of photographs in which to document a scene. Hence why local photographers will generally always get the more engaging photographs of the local scenes……….it a time thing, time & patience. For me it’s also the challenge of finding a composition that is “new to market‘ so to speak. Getting something new from a popular location is something I really enjoy doing. I was given a great compliment the other day, I was told me I was giving the blue mountains “a new look” in this digital age, I was flattered to say the least. It’s always nice to hear that your work is appreciated and well received within the community.

I will always enjoy this pursuit of angles and light that we call photography, it has allowed me to really see the environment in a new light.I always feel very lucky to literally step out my front door and within minutes be immersed in a sea of eucalyptus trees and gorgeous views. I hope you enjoy some of the images that I bring back from my little adventures in the bush. I know you won’t like them all, but perhaps it time one image may really speak to you, and if that’s the case……..I’m a happy camper.

Enjoy the journey, cheers ben

more photos of water falling down

 click on photos for a larger view

 in the mist

in the mist

shafts of water

shafts of water

cascading down

cascading down

ummmm having an outdoor shower

ummmm having an outdoor shower

a study of colours

a study of colours

at the base of the falls

at the base of the falls

a boulders view

a boulders view

through the mist

through the mist

silky scenes

silky scenes

pouring over like milk

pouring over like milk

flyby

flyby

having fun in the falls

having fun in the falls

surrounded by eucalypts

surrounded by eucalypts

the big picture

the big picture

an aerial view

an aerial view

tucked away

tucked away

colourful display

colourful displays

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Mount Solitary- Blue Mountains

Mount Solitary in cloud

Mount Solitary in cloud

Mount Solitary is a dominant sandstone formation that rises 950 metres from within the jamison valley in the world heritage listed, Blue Mountains, Australia. Surrounded by a sea of  Australian native eucalyptus trees the local indigenous people called the mountain Korowal, meaning ‘the strong one’. You can take a hike to the top of the summit, though you might want to take your best set of legs for this one as it’s pretty arduous….hard, steep, bit of a slog….you get the idea. Though if you do manage to get up there the views are well worth the sweat.

One of the best spots to view Mount Solitary from is the viewing platforms at Echo Point. From here you are literally right in front of this majestic sandstone formation rising steeply from within the valley. In the late afternoon you can watch the sandstone turn a beautiful orange/ red as the last sunrays fade across the valley. On the mornings when the fog is still in the valley, Mount Solitary is one of the few distinct landmarks to be seen rising out of the white sea of fog. So if you are in the area go and have a look at this wonderful natural landmark, it won’t disappoint.

see you out there

cheers ben                                                                                                                                                                                           more solitary views

solitary glowing

solitary glowing

commanding a view

commanding a view

morning light

morning light

off in the distance

off in the distance

surrounded by smoke

surrounded by smoke

last light for the night

last light for the night

catching some rays

catching some rays

during the day

during the day

after the sun goes down

after the sun goes down

helping guide the fog through

helping guide the fog through

the steep climb up

the steep climb up

solitary confinement in bushfire smoke

solitary confinement in bushfire smoke

basking in dramatic light & low clouds

basking in dramatic light & low clouds

Fog in the Blue Mountains

morning fog surround the 3 Sisters

morning fog surround the 3 Sisters

If you happen to be up in wee hours of the morning when conditions are just right, your bound to see some …..foggy goodness. Though it can be hard to predict at times, some mornings I’d swear conditions were perfect, yet nothing. And other times I’d see the valley choca bloc full of the stuff, grrrrrr. Generally speaking there needs to be  humid conditions, near 100% in order for the fog to settle in valley. Commonly known as radiation fog it is formed by the cooling of land after sunset by thermal (infrared) radiation in calm conditions with a clear sky. The cool ground produces condensation in the nearby air by heat conduction. Radiation fogs occur generally at night, and usually does not last long after sunrise, though with the right conditions it can last passed midday in the valleys. Radiation fog is common in autumn, and early winter. And the effect, well that’s just stunning to behold….

I often find myself thinking that the fog takes on the appearance of how the valley would have looked when water filled them. Some mornings you would swear there was an ocean below you, an ocean of white fog that you could walk on……So if you do find yourself up early in the morning with a bit of time to kill, go take a look as it might be one of the better sights you’ll see in a long time….

See you out there,

cheers ben                                                                                                more foggy goodness

Jamison seas

Jamison seas

seas of fog

seas of fog

moving between valleys

moving between valleys

moody stuff

moody stuff

surrounding the ruined castle

surrounding the ruined castle

low fog in the grose valley

low fog in the grose valley

across the cliffsacross the cliffs

morning seas

morning seas

early fog in the valley

early fog in the valley

I'm still half asleep, this can't be

I’m still half asleep, this can’t be…

capturing the fog

capturing the fog

Jamison Valley- Blue Mountains

Dramatic jamison valley

Dramatic jamison valley

One of best viewing platforms to see the beautiful Jamison valley in the Blue Mountains has always been from Echo Point in Katoomba. From this very popular tourist destination you can often see jamison valley transform through it’s different moods before your eyes. The valley is a sandstone area much like most of the Blue Mountains and Sydney area, characterised by it’s steep  sandstone cliffs. Much of the soil in the region has a layer of shale throughout which has been eroded over time causing the sandstone to collapse, which helps form the beautiful deep valleys and canyons.

I spent a large part of my youth and beyond roaming and climbing around these beautiful areas. The jamison valley is populated densely with Eucalyptus trees, often giving it a blue haze that looks stunning upon sunset. Many times I’ve come down to the jamison valley trying to capture some change in weather or mood. Some of my most memorable photos so far have been the morning mists or the smoke after hazard reduction burns in the valley. I don’t think i’ll ever tire of looking out into the jamison valley and into the sea of trees………..I just love it.

I hope to see you out there….

cheers ben                                                                                                                                                                                         more from the jamison

3 sisters sunset

3 sisters sunset

fog swirls in the valley

fog swirls in the valley

valley mood

valley mood

smokey skies

smokey skies

Into the blue

Into the blue

valley of smoke

valley of smoke

seas of fog

seas of fog

waterfalls of mist

waterfalls of mist

plays of light

plays of light

Jamison Glow

Jamison Glow

a dry summer

a dry summer

steep water carved valleys

steep water carved valleys

gorgeous curves

gorgeous curves

under the light of a full moon

under the light of a full moon

last light on the ruined castle

last light on the ruined castle

glowing with colours

glowing with colours

plenty of wildlife

plenty of wildlife

Mount solitary commanding a view

Mount solitary commanding a view

enjoying the jamison views

enjoying the jamison views

Smoke soaked sunrays entering the Jamison valley

Smoke soaked sunrays entering the Jamison valley

Phantom Falls…….Blue Mountains

Phanton Falls- Narrowneck plateau, Blue Mountains

Phantom Falls- Narrowneck plateau, Blue Mountains

One of the great natural phenomenons that occurs in the upper Blue Mountains is the little known “phantom falls”.  Without boring you too much with the science behind it…., it basically requires warm humid that is heated by the sun rays in the Jamison Valley colliding with much cooler air from the neighboring Megalong valley (or via versa),  resulting in the spectacular “waterfall” like effect in the valley. I have watched the fog numerous times just effortlessly gliding over the Narrowneck plateau, shrouding the scene in a wedding like veil.

I took off on a large walk the other day, not really anticipating capturing the phantom falls in action. I had actually gone off in search of a waterfall I’d seen many years ago and was keen to take a peek. As it was humid I decided to get closer to see if there was any fog in the valley and I was pleased to see the apparition like scene in the valley, the phantom had most definitely appeared. One of the things as a photographer I try and do is to get some different and unique compositions of an emerging scene. So I spent the next 1.5 hours scooting up and down the cliffs looking for different angles to capture this wonderful phenomenon.  Though I’ve seen the fog covering more of the escarpment in the past, I was happy to get some nice light in the valley on this occasion as well. I’ll continue to look for this great natural occurrence in the future and I hope to get many more great shots of it. So if you’re in the area and conditions feel right, head over to the nearest lookout and you just may see the…………………..Phantom of the Blue Mountains.

have a wonderful week, enjoy the views

cheers ben                                                                                                                                                                                     more of the phantom

reaching into the megalong

reaching into the megalong

like a waterfall

like a waterfall

creeping to the edge

creeping to the edge

past the wildflowers

past the wildflowers

blue skies above

blue skies above

I'm searching for the phantom

I’m searching for the phantom

 

seen without colour

seen without colour

careful, the phantom approaches

careful, the phantom approaches

Three Sisters

Growing to match the enviroment

Growing to match the environment

The 3 Sisters is one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks attracting millions of visitors each year. In my younger days I worked as a climbing guide and have taken hundreds of people to the summit of these unique sandstone formations, unfortunately you are no longer allowed to climb these peaks. Rising out of the Jamison valley in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains, they project a  unique and breathtaking image to the many who flock to witness their beauty. The native Aborigines of Australia call them  Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m) and have their own legend of how they came to be here.

As with many of the popular lookouts and vistas that populate the Blue Mountains I often look for a composition or a take on the scene that I haven’t seen before. I constantly challenge myself to come up with different and unique ways to capture and express the iconic 3 sisters to the viewer. Photographers will often say about a popular tourist destination, “ahh that has been shot to death, don’t shoot that”. As is often the case that just encourages me to do the opposite and i’ll work hard to represent a common scene in a new light…….my light, my way of seeing. I like to convey a scene the way I see it through my lens,  and we all see things quite differently.With the above shot I was fascinated by the three weeds growing which seemed to be mimicking the real sandstone structures in the scene. As I live just up the street i’m often here at the lookout just taking in the view, often not photographing anything but rather watching as the light transforms the view into something different. I have been here allot and to me it’s always different, the mood, the weather, the light………it looks different everytime. I took one of my most recognizable and best selling shots here.

If you haven’t been to look at these amazing sandstone rock formations I would really recommend them for sure. As with any popular tourist destination or location, there is a reason people go in search of it………it simply looks great!

I hope to see you there one day,

cheers ben                                                                                                                                                                            more photos of these great ladies….click on images for a larger view

3 sisters sunset

3 sisters sunset

through the grass

through the grass

half a rainbow....half a pot of gold then

half a rainbow….half a pot of gold then

sunrise panoramic

sunrise panoramic

ocean of mist

ocean of mist

light it up

light it up

after glow

after glow

morning fog

morning fog

afternoon rays

afternoon rays

Valley mood panoramic- 20 inch by 8 inch panoramic- $110.00

Valley mood panoramic

Jamison sunset

Jamison sunset

Rainbow sisters

Rainbow sisters

through the trees

through the trees

night viewing

night viewing

Three sisters with cloud

Three sisters with cloud

Three sisters with low cloud

Three sisters with low cloud

Three sisters at sunset

Three sisters at sunset

Sisters from below

Sisters from below

upclose

upclose

panoramic views

panoramic views

Afternoon glow

Afternoon glow

heavy smoke

heavy smoke

Boxing day panoramic on sunset

Boxing day panoramic on sunset

Rainbows and Rain

Rainbows and Rain

jamison shower over solitary

jamison shower over solitary

sisters in silhouette

sisters in silhouette

Echo point panorama- 60cm by 20cm- $120.00

Echo point panorama

sisters on sunset

sisters on sunset

bushfires

bushfires

Rainbow over Sisters

Rainbow over Sisters

in black & white

in black & white

three sisters by night

three sisters by night

silhouetted sisters on sunrise

silhouetted sisters on sunrise

as part of the big picture

Part of the big picture

from a distance

from a distance

Ben Pearse Photography

Play of light

shadowlands

shadowlands

Three sisters sunrise

Three sisters sunrise

approaching storm

approaching storm

changing weather

changing weather

bit of fun...

bit of fun…

after glow

after glow

ocean of mist

ocean of mist

Growing to match the enviroment

Growing to match the environment

touch of red

touch of red

Three sisters sunrise

Three sisters sunrise

Shadows circling

Shadows circling

Colours at dawn

Colours at dawn

Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun

three sisters....with 3 sisters

three sisters….with 3 sisters

plenty more to come……another time