a bushwalk in the Blue Mountains

Posted: February 22, 2018 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time
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Wentworth Falls lookout in the Blue Mountains National Park
the top of Wentworth Falls, this is just the top of the falls, it goes a long way further down
a waterhole, we saw yabbies!
Cathy  and a beautiful Xanthorrhoea in flower
an endangered water skink
“For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains.”
”Longing, “says the poet Robert Hass “because desire is full of endless distances,” Blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world.”
Rebecca Solnit “A Field Guide to Getting Lost”
One of the wonderful things about living in the middle of Sydney is the train ride up into the Blue Mountains to visit the blue of longing in the west and it’s just a quick bus trip to the wide blue of the ocean to the east!

  1. dinahmow says:

    Yes! Someone, many years ago, said that blue is ” the colour of travelling because it is always on your horizon…”

    • Mo Crow says:

      I’m dreaming of being a grey nomad (another 3 years til I’m eligible for the Age Pension), I love Sydney but it’s getting very big & crowded with so many high rises going up & whole streets of beautiful old houses here in the inner west getting torn down to make way for yet more toll roads… grrr….!!!

  2. nettyg says:

    I painted my house the blue/grey/green of Mt Warning and the border ranges, which sit behind it. A beautiful colour.

  3. Catherine Wright says:

    Mo, to find the yabbies in the beautiful clear water was such a joy. The rickety old boardwalks and the bright green new growth after the recent bushfire. The soothing sounds of fresh water cascading down the creek bed. And the the gob-smacking view at the end of the walk, just wow!

  4. Margaret Johnson says:

    Our favourite place to visit, when we lived in Sydney in the 70’s…..ox

  5. Marti says:

    Steeping outside in nature is to breath deeply, to fill lungs, eyes, brain with wondrous vistas, to shed skin and become reborn…It is my prescription for what ails me when I am low and blue down to the bone….your bushwalk is a tonic.

  6. Nancy says:

    (((Mo))) ~ Thank you for taking me on a walk with you!! And for teaching me something new, yabbies! What a great time outside and who doesn’t love Zep?!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nancy))) I saw Led Zeppelin play the Sydney Showgrounds here back in 1972 from right in front of the left hand speaker, my ears have never been the same since hehe, one of the best performances ever!

  7. We visited the blue mountains when we were staying in Australia beautiful places to see.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Debbie))) there are so many wonderful walks to explore along the ridges and into the valleys easily accessible by train but it’s wild terrain, people get lost every year!

  8. fiberels says:

    Ahhhhh Mo …. you live is such a beautiful country !!!

    (I’ve a blogging friend near the Blue Mountains, but
    I didn’t know it was like that up there !!!)

  9. Liz A says:

    Yabbies? Who knew?

    Loved taking this walk with you …

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) I love how these walks are easily accessible from the railway stations all along the Blue Mountains line, they were first built back in the 1800’s so the city people could get some fresh air and escape the heat of summer.

  10. Martine says:

    The blue of longing…………..how i love that…..

  11. deemallon says:

    I like the idea of solitude and desire being all mixed up in blue. Thanks for the walk and the Solnit quote — she’s quite astonishing. Led Zeppelin was one of my top five bands growing up. I’m jealous you got to see them!

  12. What a gorgeous landscape, Mo! Loved the quote, too! But what are yabbies?

  13. jude says:

    i long to wander but the time is coming.

  14. How lovely to think about getting out of the city when the pension comes through. So much becomes possible when one sets one’s mind on a notion.

  15. vdbolyard says:

    i love how australia forests are utterly familiar, and utterly other to my northern east coast NA eyes.

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