Mount Solitary from Echo Point

I woke early on Sunday morning. It was still dark, and I took the short drive up to Katoomba, and Echo Point, to see the sun rise above the Three Sisters. It was a magical experience. Echo Point can get busy with tourists during the day, but I had the place to myself, and the weather was clear.

Amongst other shots, I took a series that covered the view I had across the valley, with Mount Solitary in the distance. The layers of hills, and the mist gave a wonderful effect, that emphasised the scale of this landscape. I know I talk about the scale of things here a lot, but it still amazes me. Even the highlands of Scotland look relatively compact, compared to this.

I stitched the photos together using Photoshop’s panoramic merge tool, and for a first attempt, I was quite pleased. I am tempted to return and make a better job, then get a good print made. This is definitely best viewed on a wall.

Clicking on the photo will get you a larger view.

Mount Solitary from Echo Point

4 thoughts

  1. Oh wow, nice panorama. You’ve re-stimulated my interest in the Blue Mountains with these posts Mike. Its been so interesting to read how you’ve reacted to the Australian landscape and your captures have presented a majesty that I’ve never really appreciated. Personally, I’ve found our bushland and foliage to be a bit drab and monochromatic so your interpretations have been inspiring. Plus, placing the Three Sisters within this large panoramic context really helps contextualise things. Beautiful.

    • Thanks, Distan. The Blue Mountains are very beautiful, and I am enjoying exploring them. I am a coastal person at heart, though, and once time allows, I am looking forward to exploring the NSW coast. The thought of seeing that coastline at dawn, with no people around, listening to the waves, is a captivating one.

  2. Lovely. When I visited the Blue Mountains 4 years ago it was raining heavily and the light conditions were poor, so I didn’t get any decent shots. But these are great and I’m supremely jealous.

    • Thanks, Stevie. My first attempt at photographing from this spot had me enveloped in freezing fog, with about 3 metres visibility. It’s good to be able to revisit and get to know the area.

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