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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Blackheath is a blue mountains town located about ten minutes by road past Katoomba. It is home to one of the most spectacular views of the Grose valley in the upper mountains. Govetts leap offers a truly spectacular view that is popular for tourists visiting the area. I came here hoping to get a beautiful sunrise, however on the day the weather was offering up a different sort of mood.
One of the best things about being a photographer is learning how to adapt to your environment on any given day.Well made plans that you had for a certain location may have to be sidelined as the weather always has the final say. On this occasion I had envisioned a blazing sky of biblical proportions just waiting for me to capture it…….hmmmmm perhaps not. Instead it was a grey and overcast sky that would usher in a new dawn with a nice touch of rain on the side………..great!
Now I knew if just a little light was to break through the thick low cloud it could offer something well worth getting out of bed for. It’s these times that I actually quite like, as you have to be perpetually optimistic as to what a scene can bring with just the slightest change in the weather and a good serving of patience. So with umbrella in hand and eyes fixed on the horizon I waited for the “slice of light” to appear before me. Times like this make the hours of waiting for the right conditions at locations, so worth it.
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Have a great weekend, I hope you find the time to get outdoors….