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The Blue Mountains...36

The Three Sisters at Katoomba ..N.S.W.

Legend of The Three Sisters

Long ago in the Blue Mountains there lived three little Aboriginal sisters.

They were Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, whose Witch Doctor father was called Tyawan.

Only one creature was feared by all – the Bunyip who lived in a deep hole.

When Tyawan had to pass the hole, he would leave his daughters safely on the cliff behind a rocky wall.

One day, waving goodbye to his daughters, he descended the cliff steps.

On top of the cliff a big centipede suddenly appeared and frightened Meehni, who threw a stone at it.

The stone rolled over the cliff and crashed into the valley.

Birds, animals and fairies stopped till as the rocks behind the three sisters split open,

leaving them on a thin ledge.

The angry Bunyip emerged to see the terrified sisters.

In the valley, Tyawan saw the Bunyip close to his daughters,

so he pointed his magic bone at the girls and turned them to stone.

The Bunyip then chased Tyawan, who found himself trapped, so he changed himself into a Lyre Bird.

Everyone was safe, but Tyawan had dropped his magic bone.

After the Bunyip had gone, Tyawan searched and searched for his bone – and he is still searching.

The Three Sisters stand silently watching him from their ledge,

hoping he will find the bone to turn them back to Aboriginal girls.

As you look at the Three Sisters, you can hear Tyawan – the Lyre Bird –

calling his daughters as his search for the lost bone continues.

Nikon COOLPIX S8100
1/440s f/4.6 at 31.4mm iso160 full exif

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Steve Macomber18-May-2013 15:42
Beautiful Capture. Thank you for sharing the legend. V
Bill Popovski02-Mar-2013 00:11
Great composition and story Woody. I didn't know the legend... Thanks. Bill
Irena Jurecic28-Dec-2012 11:01
Wonderful capture with very interesting story. V
Dan Greenberg02-Nov-2012 20:14
Fabulous shot! The mountains look so clear and beautiful. ~V~
Simon Chandler17-Oct-2012 16:11
Excellent storytelling composition, very creative and effective. Thanks for sharing the interesting story. v
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)16-Oct-2012 16:36
Very nice shot, I like it soooo much. My vote
Helen Betts16-Oct-2012 14:15
I like the various layers of subjects in this image. Great clarity as well. V.
Tom LeRoy16-Oct-2012 13:54
A fine shot of the statues, great rocky background. Interesting legend ! V
Yvonne16-Oct-2012 09:34
Great shot Bob, you just got the right angle, love the story! v
Chris Morton16-Oct-2012 09:16
a fine image for a moving story & I like the little group of people in the left hand crevice to give it scale
joseantonio16-Oct-2012 04:25
Great place for a visit. Thank you for taking me back...V.
SLC_Images16-Oct-2012 04:04
Interesting story and great framing!
bill friedlander15-Oct-2012 23:58
A fine shot of the statues and the amazing rock formations. I enjoyed the story too. V
François Gauthier15-Oct-2012 22:44
Nice story and photo. V
Graeme15-Oct-2012 22:43
What a fascinating story and capture, Bob.BV
Guest 15-Oct-2012 21:54
Great presentation. V.
John King15-Oct-2012 21:53
Excellent photo and background story. V
Karen Stuebing15-Oct-2012 21:47
Wonderful image and story. The carvings are magnificent as is the scenery. V.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography15-Oct-2012 21:36
Great capture and story, Voted.
John Hamers15-Oct-2012 21:24
Fabulous image Bob, four great sculptures against those four rocks on the background !!V
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