Ian Brown

Grose Wilderness

  • Ian Brown| Grose Wilderness

I have carried my camera to this headland above the upper Grose Valley many times.

On this occasion the small pools had been filled by rain. The weather was overcast and the light was flat, but then I realised that the sun might shine briefly through the clouds as it moved towards the horizon. The waterline on the pools was only illuminated in the soft evening light for only about half a minute, but I was able to set up my view camera and compose the image just in time.

Much of the Grose Valley within Blue Mountains National Park has been designated as Wilderness, an additional layer of legal protection. A large part of the valley was reserved in 1875, when surveyor John Deering described it as a ‘national spectacle’. But for many thousands of years, the valley has been part of the Dharug and Gundungurra homeland, as shown here by a single grinding groove. Spears and stone axes were shaped on the natural whetstone of such rain-filled pools, often with a commanding view.