The Three Sisters, in the The Blue Mountains National Park, just west of Sydney, are an iconic part of the Australian landscape. According to Aboriginal legend, these beautiful ladies, named “Meehni,” “Wimlah” and “Gunnedoo,” were members of the Katoomba tribe when they fell in love with three brothers from the neighbouring Nepean tribe. They were forbidden to marry by tribal law, so the brothers decided to take the three sisters by force, an decision which led to a tribal war. To protect the sisters from harm, a Katoomba tribe witch doctor turned the three sisters to stone, vowing to restore them to human form once the hostilities had ceased. Unfortunately for all concerned, the witch doctor never lived to see the peace, and the three sisters remain limestone reminders of that battle long ago.
“The Blue Mountains” derive their name from the blue haze that envelops them, a product of all of the eucalyptus oil in the air from the forests in the region. I had been meaning to visit the Blue Mountains for over 20 years, and this year I finally made the trip, using the Melbourne Cup weekend as an excuse to get out of Victoria. The long weekend only gave me a few opportunities to capture these magnificent beauties on film, and I struggled at first to find the best scenario. The first night, there were no clouds. On the second night, there were only a few, but watching the light gave me a chance to learn the precise moment when the three sisters would be bathed in the light of the “golden hour,” just before the sun dipped behind the mountains and cast them into darkness. On the third night, there were too many clouds for brilliant sunset colours, but a narrow gap between the clouds and the mountain tops gave me a window of opportunity. Taking advantage of the magenta cast of Velvia 50 film to bring out the “blue” in the “blue mountains,” I captured this image of the three sisters just before the sun disappeared for the night.
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