After the Bushfires – Blue Mountains, Australia.

Narrowneck plateau in Katoomba after the bushfires

In late late 2019-2020, you probably heard and saw dramatic and devastating footage of the bushfires that ravaged Australia. I posted images and footage in this blog post here about these bushfires in my local area of Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia. After the fires had gone through I was interested to see the impact on the local landscapes in my area. After the bushfires many of national park areas that were burnt remain closed due to the risk of falling trees etc. I was very interested in hiking out to Mount Solitary, however this trail is still closed at time of writing.

narrowneck plateau, Katoomba

Altered lands

Aftermath of the Katoomba bushfires

Life still remains…

Mount Solitary panoramic view from Narrowneck plateau in Katoomba

Panoramic view looking past Ruined Castle (small outcrop in middle) to Mount Solitary (left) and Lake Burragorang just visible in the rear. Castle Head jutting out from Narrowneck on the right.

Ruined Castle, Katoomba

Looking down to Ruined Castle, where these bushfires originated in 2019. Allot of what is pictured here was burnt in the bushfires.

Lightbleed- Ben Pearse 2020- Web Size 2048

New growth catching the light

I decided on documenting one of my favourite areas, Narrowneck plateau in Katoomba. This area was impacted by the ruined castle bushfire in early December 2019. As I wandered through different areas of narrowneck plateau, it became apparent that certain areas were going to take some time to regenerate compared to others. In the gully of diamond creek, the unmistakable vibrant green regrowth stood out against the dull magenta and black of the surrounding burnt landscape. I couldn’t help but be drawn into this area due to the alarming contrast of colours on display. As diamond creek carves it’s way through the valley, it brought a lifeline, in the form of water, enabling new life to regenerate and grow.

Resilient Lands- Ben Pearse 2020 (2)

Resilient Lands- Narrowneck plateau- March 2020

Narrowneck plateau in Katoomba after the bushfires

Return to Green- Diamond creek pathway

 

Blue Mountains fire regrowth

Narrowneck plateau, Katoomba, Blue Mountains.

After the bushfires 2020

Green returns to the landscape

Over the next few months I would see more regrowth appear across the burnt fireground. In the steep gullies and the tops of ridgelines where the fires burnt very hot and intense, it will take additional time for the regeneration to gather momentum. The flora and fauna that grow, dwell and cling to the sandstone formation that is Narrowneck plateau are resilient and should thrive once again in the years to come.

Lizard emerges after the bushfires

Wildlife returns

Regrowth after the bushfires, Blue Mountains

New buds emerge…

New growth

New growth after the fires

Green returns- Ben Pearse 2020 copy

View from Narrowneck into megalong valley

Kangaroo tails emerge after bushfires in Blue Mountains 2020

Emergence- Kangaroo tails (Xanthorrhoea) catching the last light of the day…

Looking west over megalong valley on sunset

Looking west from Narrowneck plateau over megalong valley on sunset

New Life- web 2048

Regeneration- New growth returns after the fires…

Thanks for looking,

Cheers Ben

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Blue Mountains Snowfall-August-2019

It’s always nice to wake up to snow covering the ground in my hometown of Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia. Over the last decade I’ve tried to capture a snowfall that has settled on the iconic three sisters in Katoomba. I’ve only seen an old postcard of snow that has properly settled on these sandstone ladies from the 1970’s. I thought this time I might be in luck as the snow really starting coming down on sunrise, however it just wasn’t quite enough. So the quest continues, perhaps 2020 will be the year I get the photo I’m seeking…

Snowfall in the Blue Mountains

Snow on the Mountains

Snowfall in the Blue Mountains- Three Sisters

Sunrise and Snow

Snowfall over Three sisters- August 2019

Snowfall over Three sisters- August 2019

Ben Pearse Photography

Blue Mountains Snowfall- Ben Pearse 2019

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Dogface & Landslide, Blue Mountains, Australia.

Dogface panoramic

On January 26, 1931 a large fissure of rock (Dogface) some 5 to 9 feet wide separated itself from a section of Katoomba cliffline creating a large semi detached rock  precariously poised over the jamison valley. A short time later on January 28, local residents were awakened at 4am as some 100,00+ tonnes of rock hurtled and crashed into the valley floor creating a thunderous sound. A surveyor inspected “Dog Face Rock”  in February and found a canyon like formation some 30ft wide and 300 feet deep. The “Dog Face Rock” as it became known became a very popular tourist destination in the ensuing months bringing sightseers from across the Blue Mountains as well as interested tourists from Sydney wanting to view this intriguing landmark of collapsing cliffline. As a result of heavy rains in May 1931, the final landslide occurred on the rock face which left behind a clean sheer face of yellow sandstone which you see today.

In the 1960’s the late John Ewbank  a pioneer of Australian climbing began establishing  rock climbing routes on this notorious soft and yellow rock, often in climbing terms referred to as “Choss”. Having myself rock climbed on the “Dogface” in the 1990’s I feel a strong connection to this unique landscape scene in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Over the last few years I have endeavoured to capture this iconic  landmark at varying times of the day and with differing accompanying moods. Here is just a few of the many photos I have captured of this beautiful Blue Mountains scene.

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Seeing Red

Seeing Red

The Dogface Rock

The Dogface Rock

Seas of Fog

Seas of Fog

Looking up to Dogface

Looking up to Dogface

Looking out

Looking out

Landslide view

Landslide view

left in pieces

left in pieces

Dogface in black and white

Dogface in black and white

Big sky panoramic

Big sky panoramic

Dogface Glowing

Dogface Glowing

Smoke over Dogface

Smoke over Dogface

Looking through to Dogface

Looking through to Dogface

Afternoon glow

Afternoon glow

Dogface viewing

Dogface viewing

Dogface in Fog

Dogface in Fog

dogface panoramic

dogface panoramic

looking into the jamison valley

looking into the jamison valley

a view of cliffs nearby

Dogface through wildflowers

plays of light

plays of light

Jamison seas

Jamison seas

 

2013- A year through the lens

So as the smoke fades from the last of the fireworks over Sydney, which I watch in comfort from my loungeroom, I start to reflect on the year that was 2013 through the images I captured. Last year was a year that would see me share allot of images online, not sure I’ll share quite as many this year, time will tell… (pending exhibition too)….  I covered allot of events across the Blue Mountains, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was the year in which I would chase images  from hazard reduction burns in the upper Blue Mountains, seeking mood as the smoke infused light saturated the valleys. It was a year that proved more difficult for capturing my beloved waterfalls as winter rains failed to fill the creeks and streams compared to years past. This worries me little as I will always seek out the water, whenever it may fall. It was a year that saw me dabble with some still life subjects, something that I will continue with in 2014. Though I took quite a few portraits for clients and for personal assignments, I would like to pursue more studio and natural light portraits in 2014 as I really enjoy this type of photographic work. I took quite a few landscapes photos throughout 2013 and I’ll chase these again in 2014 as I hunt for that elusive mood and light in the beautiful Blue Mountains & beyond. With 2013 images safely saved to various hardrives, 2014 folders sit relatively empty, but no doubt this will change as the year progresses and gathers speed as the years do. This year will see me focus on wedding photography as I expand my business further. I look forward to capturing those raw emotive moments that comes with weddings. I will be giving a few presentations early in the year to photography clubs that have ask me to showcase some work & thoughts on my photography. I look forward to this very much. I’m hoping that in the latter part of the year that I’ll get to exhibit my work for the first time, and I’d truly like for this to happen, in this year. I hope you get the time to check in and have a look at some of the new images as the “journey continues” this year. I hope that this year will be a great one and I look forward to sharing some more of my work with you…. cheers Ben- benpearsephotography@gmail.com facebook   portfolio   twitter   buy prints

A small sample from Images in 2013

Yosemite creek

Yosemite creek

Weeping Rock

Weeping Rock

blue tongue road rage

blue tongue road rage

Streets aglow with colour

Streets aglow with colour

Autumn glory

Autumn glory

babbling brooks

babbling brooks

hidden from view

hidden from view

blurred autumn

blurred autumn

Moss covered walls

Moss covered walls

Jamison Glow

Jamison Glow

Smoke soaked sunrays e

Smoke soaked sunrays

amazing sunsets

amazing sunsets

the occasional fierce warrior

the occasional fierce warrior

the planes...the planes

the planes…the planes

Parachuting in

Parachuting in

Govettes Leap sunrise

Govettes Leap sunrise

snails pace

snails pace

swooping in

swooping in

time to relax

time to relax

Heres Harry potter

Heres Harry potter

feeling the rhythm

feeling the rhythm

having a good time

having a good time

smiling for the shot

smiling for the shot

afternoon rays

afternoon rays

Phanton Falls

Phantom Falls

3 sisters sunset

3 sisters sunset

 part of the big picture

part of the big picture

smokey skies

smokey skies

Sublime sunrise

Sublime sunrise

photo bombers

photo bombers

looking up

looking up

colourful display

colourful display

ummmm having an outdoor shower

ummmm having an outdoor shower

an aerial view

an aerial view

Tuncurry, Australia

Tuncurry, Australia

gone fishin

gone fishin

 in the mist

in the mist

Capturing Dad

Capturing Dad

Selfie at Narrowneck watching the fires

Selfie at Narrowneck watching the fires

Belinda

Belinda through the window

shafts of light

shafts of light

after glow

after glow

valley mood

valley mood

colours of smoke

colours of smoke

narrowneck

narrowneck

without colours

without colours

Ruined Castle

Ruined Castle

Golden light

Golden light

jamison valley glory

jamison valley glory

cicada madness

cicada madness

march to the light

march to the light

left clinging

left clinging

under the forest canopy

under the forest canopy

snuck up behind me

snuck up behind me

Watching the sunset

Watching the sunset

basking in light

basking in light

summers afternoon

summers afternoon

rockstars

rockstars

beach babes

beach babes

The North Face 100

The North Face 100

overnight runners

overnight runners

sunset runners

sunset runners

Wild Endurance Walk

Wild Endurance Walk

wild endurance

wild endurance

into the valley floor

into the valley floor

last man stands competition

last man stands competition

looking for the runout

looking for the runout

bushfire meeting

bushfire meeting

concerned citizens

concerned citizens

poetry under the stars

poetry under the stars

poetry under the stars

poetry under the stars

stray at the door

stray at the door

old man crow

old man crow

Swan lake- melbourne

Swan lake- melbourne

too cute

too cute

Eureka shydeck shoot- Melbourne

Eureka shydeck shoot- Melbourne

life is still

life is still

still life

still life

golden girls

golden girls

sunset sisters

sunset sisters

elixir of life

elixir of life

valley moods

valley moods

changing weather

changing weather

blooming colours

blooming colours

approaching storm

approaching storm

Megalong glow

Megalong glow

mount hay & hippos, lol

mount hay & hippos, lol

Attending the sun

Attending the sun

reaching for light

reaching for light

through the grass

through the grass

Go climb a rock

Go climb a rock

graffiti artists

graffiti artists

Echo point at night

Echo point at night

under the full moon

under the full moon

Urban skies

Urban skies

halloween

halloween

witches

witches

blu light

blu light

green on blu

green on blu

ferns and falls

ferns and falls

witches leap

witches leap

Three sisters sunrise

Three sisters sunrise

fire moon

fire moon

troubled skies

troubled skies

lightspill

lightspill

approaching storm

approaching storm

rainbow sisters

rainbow sisters

valley of blooms

valley of blooms

Bondi

Bondi

three sisters portraits

three sisters portraits

new life

new life

full moons

full moons

weddings & cake

weddings & cake

beautiful brides

beautiful brides

sunset watching

sunset watching

Continue the journey in 2014

Continue the journey in 2014

Come on the journey in 2014….Ben Pearse Photography