The Blue Mountains, NSW.

Rain caresses the skirts of Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains – near Blackheath, NSW, plus a portion of the floral diversity at the beautiful Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath, NSW.

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Blue Mountains 2AM-006879

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Blue Mountains 2AM-006899

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Blue Mountains 2AM 6914-6915 Panorama

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Blue Mountains 2AM 6929-6935 Panorama

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Blue Mountains 2AM-006938

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Blue Mountains 2AM-006942

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Campbell Rhododendron Gardens 2AM 6831-6832 Panorama

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Campbell Rhododendron Gardens 2AM 6845-6847 Panorama

 

Weather – an East Coast Low and a low pressure trough approaching Australia’s eastern seaboard.

A very powerful weather system is impacting a considerable portion of the east coast of Australia this weekend. Here is the Bureau of Meteorology link and the ABC link.

Here are three images: the first is an aerial image (drone) at Scarborough showing clear weather conditions before the system began to directly impact this section of the Illawarra Coast, and the remaining two images from Bald Hill show the first wave of weather making its way to the coast.

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Scarborough-2AM-0014. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

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Bald Hill 2AM 2771-2772 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

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Bald Hill 2AM-002769. ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s to hoping the farmers and graziers get good rain where needed.

Empress Falls in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

Empress Falls is a stunning waterfall near the town of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia. The Valley of the Waters Creek pours over fern-fringed ledges as Empress Falls, a 30 metre fall into a cold deep pool.

The hike in and out from The Conservation Hut is slightly vigorous (about 30 minutes hike each way), yet absolutely worth it if you are hesitant, especially if you like waterfalls.

This image shows the final section of descent to the bottom of the waterfall.

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Empress Falls 2AM-009335 © Andrew McInnes

 

On the lower section of the bushwalk there are numerous seeps and soaks, especially if there has been recent rains.

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Empress Falls 2AM-009339 © Andrew McInnes

 

Abseiling (rappelling) is very popular and the Blue Mountains Adventure Company can provide the experience for you.

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Empress Falls 2AM-009348 © Andrew McInnes

 

A little further downstream of Empress Falls are a series of smaller, but no less beautiful waterfalls such as the following image of Sylvia Falls.

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Sylvia Falls 2AM-009358 © Andrew McInnes

Cheers.

 

Avon Descent, 2014 – Paddle craft competitors

With good winter rains, the 2014 Avon Descent was a lot of fun to observe. This photo-blog presents some of my images of various paddle craft competitors.

Day 1:

Avon Descent 2AM-004446. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Avon Descent 2AM-006918. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006922. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006841. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007049. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006857. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006929. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-006956. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007009. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007060. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007070. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007073. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Day 2:
A thick durable fog and rather chilly conditions greeted the competitors…

Avon Descent 2AM-007079. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007081. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007090. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007098. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007113. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007118. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007123. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post.

 

 

 

 

 

Avon Descent, 2014 – Power craft competitors

With good winter rains, the 2014 Avon Descent was a lot of fun to observe. This photo-blog presents some of my images of various power craft competitors.

Avon Descent 2AM-007197. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007377. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007353. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004696. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007256. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007269. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007322. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004686. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007310. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007402. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon-Descent-2AM-007406. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007373. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007429. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007431. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007437. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Avon Descent 2AM-007462. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004631. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004668. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004705. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007423. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007475. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-007476. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Avon Descent 2AM-004733. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

I hope you enjoyed this sampling of power craft competitors; the next post will contain the paddle powered competitors.