“Inspiration exists but it has to find you working…”

Well put Pablo Picasso. However, sometimes you find inspiration when you stop or more aptly, when you take a 2.5hr walk through some of the most stunning landscape just a few hours drive west of Sydney

My Darling and I took our little family to The Blue Mountains  for a much needed weekend of together time.
We stayed at the Katoomba Youth Hostel (our favourite place ) for two days of walks, eating, turns at the pool table and playing numerous games off Monopoly one which became so serious that I uttered the words “I’d rather go down fighting than give into you two bastards.”, to my bemused Darling and startled 13 year old step son. A tad dramatic I concede.
However what could not be called anything but dramatic was the fabulous walk we took at Wentworth Falls. Named the National Pass  it is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful paths I have ever been on. We started off at Wentworth Falls and followed a path which hugged the sandstone cliffs in a circuitous route. Along the way and around every corner views of  majestic mountains and verdant green valleys took our collective breath away. Closer, there were waterfalls and cockatoos perched on stone ledges, their cries echoing in the valleys below. And peace, peace, peace – just the crunch of feet of gravel, the occasional chat between us and the almost constant sound of water commencing with a drip and rising to the crescendo of an approaching waterfall.
When I try to describe it my mind turns in an adjectival somersault as the words tumble one over the other only to stop before they hit my conscientious. That may explain the copious number of photos below.
Princess Rock Look Out, Blue Mountains, NSW

Princess Rock Look Out, Blue Mountains, NSW

Walking trail

Walking trail

Dramatic cliff walk on the National Pass, Blue Mountains, NSW

Dramatic cliff walk on the National Pass, Blue Mountains, NSW

Iconic Blue Mountains view with sandstone cliffs.

Iconic Blue Mountains view with sandstone cliffs.

Trail leading into the rainforest, National Pass, Blue Mountain, NSW.

Trail leading into the rainforest, National Pass, Blue Mountain, NSW.

Gorge on the National Pass, Blue Mountains, NSW.

Gorge on the National Pass, Blue Mountains, NSW.

Finally some of the many waterfall we saw along the way.

Waterfall waterfall-2 Waterfall-1 waterfall-4

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About Elisa Bartels

A ceramic artist/designer and sporadic botanical dyer chatting and photographing the trials, tribulations and celebrations of being an artist who doesn't want to starve.
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