OK so you need to get out of bed early to capture sunrise images but it is really worth the effort.

Recently while staying in the Blue Mountains I decided to get up early and head up to the beautiful Three Sisters at Echo Point.

Even then the crowds were full on but it is a beautiful place to experience this time of day.

It got me thinking however as to why the mountains are so blue and here is what I found on the subject:

In 1788 the Blue Mountains were originally named “Carmarthen Hills” and “Landsdowne Hills” by Governor Phillip, however, it wasn’t long after, that the distinctive blue haze surrounding the area saw the change in name to the Blue Mountains.The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapour, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour. To find out more on this please check out

So if ever you are in this part of the world, set your alarm early one morning and you will be rewarded. An absolute iconic Australian location and very photography friendly. Be warned it can get very crowded.


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