BLUE MOUNTAINS is a digital photograph from Down Under by Carla Parris.
Blue Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located about fifty miles west of Sydney, Australia, in New South Wales.
The term "mountains" is actually a misnomer, as the Blue Mountains are in fact an elevated plateau dissected by large rivers. They have been described as "the Grand Canyon with clothes on," because they are canyon-like, but with heavy vegetation.
The Blue Mountains, in the east of Australia, were an impediment to early settlers seeking to reach the central and western parts of the country. They were unsuccessful in traversing the Great Dividing Range by descending into, and climbing out of, the steep canyons. It was only when native Aborigines showed settlers a route across the top of the plateau that they were able to reach, and settle, inland and western regions.
The park, which spans 247,000 hectares, features blue-hazed terrain, such as that pictured here. The color is a...