The Blue Mountains were named because in the heat of summer the eucalpyt trees release their oil shrouding the mountains in a blue haze. It is winter at the moment and instead of heat the houses have their fires roaring and those like me from the north shiver as we take in the beauty of the Three Sisters and Mount Solitary in the distance.
The three sisters are named Meehni, Wimiah and Gunnedoo. Legend has it that the three sisters fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe but they were not allowed to marry. The men decided to capture the sisters and a battle ensured. One of the elders turned the girls to stone in order to protect them but he was then killed. As the dead elder was the only one who could turn the girls back they have remained in stone ever since. It is uncertain as to whether this is Aboriginal legend or one made as a good story for the kids by a white settler.
In reality the cliffs of the Jameison Valley were created over time by wind, rain and river erosion. The resultant cliffs made it very difficult for the early settlers to reach the other side. The first explorers to find a way across the mountains diarised thoughts and a flash fiction story are found here.
Here you can see the location of the bridge that I posted for Silent Sunday.
A wonderful view of Mount Solitary and the three sisters from Echo Point.