Blue Mountains

We had a great time in the Blue Mountains, so I thought I’d share some snaps and movies with you guys.

The Blue Mountains’ most famous landmark is probably the Three Sisters, which are not in fact siblings but three sticky-uppy rocks. Early-rising tourists are rewarded by seeing them backdropped against the awesome mist coming up from the Megalong Valley.

Yes, it’s called the Megalong Valley, but not because it’s mega-super-duper-long. The name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning “Valley Under The Rock.” (Well, it was thought by early European explorers to mean “Valley Under The Rock,” but early European explorers don’t really have a good track record with this stuff. Megalong could also mean, “Why are you asking me all these stupid questions, easily sunburnt invader?”)

In any case, the Three Sisters are cool:

As you can see, the valley is almost completely unspoiled. No roads in, so you descend into it with a vertiginous walk down among the Sisters.

Yes, that walkway looks crowded, but the valley below is huge. Even mega-huge. So it’s easy to find yourself completely alone after walking down a few paths. Well, alone except for the ubiquitous bellbirds, so named for their bell-like cries.

Turn up your volume and put on headphones for this video, the bellbirds make a strange and awesome sound. This is only two singing here, but when the whole forest is full of their cries, it makes for a mesmerizing soundscape.

This is my new iPhone wallpaper, because I love me some Australian bark:

We also saw a lyrebird. They are excellent mimics, but this one was quietly digging for grubs, and so did not mimic, or even taunt us.

For those of you who worry about such things, the collective noun is “a musket of lyrebirds.” They have cool tails.

As we climbed out of the valley, I got this shot, proving that the Blue Mountains is beautiful. Not bad for a place only 90 minutes from Sydney.

Click here for the bigness!

That’s it for now. See you on Friday.

82 thoughts on “Blue Mountains

  1. Ah….back from a lovely weekend of watching fools drop 250 feet and fly under a bridge. In France (and if you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about, I salute you. Yeah, I went to THAT PLACE.).

    So, no Fan Art? Eh, at least I don’t have to be writing on three different posts at one time…

    PSN’s back up. I can hear the nerds rejoicing across America.

  2. F< Fan art?
    XD I'm done with that.

    But I love the videos .> I’m jealous that you got to go XD Gives me hope that the world is still beautiful. The bellbirds sounded delightful >.> and in the background of the Lyrebird video (which has a very cool tail, btw) they sounded kinda like Christmas bells XD

  3. Come on Scott its already tuesday (in the US at least) I vote this friday you give us twice as much fanart! Or you can just do your normal thing, whatever.

  4. Please tell me you rode the glass floored cable car thing. It’s mind blowing.

    I went a couple years ago. I was attacked by a kangaroo earlier in the day and had muddy paw prints all over me…. but the humiliation of that event couldn’t overshadow the glorious beauty of the area.

  5. “Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends.”
    – Tom Waits

  6. Hey, know what the ficticious Alek’s real father, Fanz Ferdinand’s, last words were? “Es ist gar nichts…es ist gar nichts…
    “It is nothing…it is nothing…”
    Whispered to Count Harrach as the Archduke fell unconscious after being shot; he died shortly without ever regaining consciousness.

  7. ‘Only a flesh wound. Merely a wound upon my flesh.’
    -Ernest P. Werel….somethin like that.

  8. “I’ll be in Hell before you start breakfast. Let her rip!”
    – Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum, the notorious train robber, said as he sprung up the gallows steps to his execution.

    “Applaud, my friends, The comedy is finished.”
    – Ludwig van Beethoven

  9. Crud! That’s a lot! But I guess it would be worth it for a plaything that takes so much time and energy….jeezum.

  10. All right, friends and neighbours, if Scott-la does not post SOMETHING before the 20th, I will journey to Australia to investigate the mystery of his untimely murder.

    I’m like that; I jump to conclusions.

  11. I just checked out Mr. Westerfeld’s Twitter and that expieriance succeded only in strengthening my conviction that Twitter is the most mind-numbing, indicipherable website yet invented, reserved only for those harboring mental defiencies and the border-line retarded who actually care when and how their favourite celebrities eat, sleep and defecate.

    I have somehow missed the appeal, shoot me.


    “It’s very beautiful over there..” -Thomas Edison

    “Wait ’till I have finished my problem!”- Archimedes

    “Why not? After all, it belongs to him.”- Charlie Chaplin, after the priest said “May the Lord have mercy on your soul”.

    “Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.” -George Appel, before being executed by electric chair.

    “I’m so bored with it all.”-Winston Churchill

    “Where is my clock?”- Salvador Dali

    “I’ll sleep well tonight.”-Henry Ford

    “Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries!”- James French, another man who died by electric chair.

    “Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub.” -Conrad Hilton, when asked if he had any words of wisdom.

    “Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here.”- Nostradamus

    “Gents, this is an educational project. You are about to witness the damaging effect electricity has on Wood.” – Frederick Charles Wood, who (no surprise here) died by electric chair.

  13. “Hurrah! Let’s get these last few reds and then head on back to camp. Hurrah!”

    George Armstrong Custer

    (what a ‘bag.)

  14. “It’s hovering and it’s not an aircraft.”

    Frederick Valentich, an Australian pilot, said this to air traffic control shortly before dissapearing. He claimed to be being prusued by a UFO.

  15. “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible” -TE Lawrence

    TE was a british airman in ww1 who assisted in a rebellion against the turkish goverment, sound like anybody you know?

  16. @ alice He said that when he died? Sounds pretty lucid…

    And, yes, it DOES sound like someone I know; in my head, at least.

  17. @Joker-la: Not sure if he said that when he died, this encyclopedia isn’t very specific. *slams 15 lb. book on table* I just thought it sounded cool. And the fact he reminded me of a certain midshipman, with all his rebellions ect.

  18. “That picture’s awful dusty.”

    -Jesse James, the notorious outlaw, hailed as a modern day Robin Hood by the public (bullshit), said this just before he dusted a painting of a horse that was hanging in his house. While his back was turned, his former eager compadre, Robert Ford, drew his gun and shot “Thomas Howard” in the back of the head. Ford used the gun James had given him as a gift two days earlier. Ford was later sentenced to ridicule, and a song was even written about the event, naming Ford only as “that dirty little coward”, even though Ford himself felt remorse over his cold-blooded murder.

  19. Well, I said something earlier and I guess they deleted it cause I cussed. It said Jesse James’s last words; that’s why that comment about it doesn’t make any sense now. YA BLOODY YANKS!!

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