Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Three Sisters…

Located around an hour out of Sydney is the Blue Mountains national park, a world heritage site. Within the park you’ll encounter a number of spectacular cliffs, gorges and rainforests, as well as the fascinating lyrebird, a very special bird that is able to mimic all manner of human sounds.

The main site to see within the park is the Three Sisters rock formation, which you can see here. Many of Australia’s national landmarks (such as Uluru) have an aboriginal story affixed to them which explain their origin. For the Three Sisters, indiginous legend says that that three sisters fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. Battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by a witch doctor to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back.

Hence this statue, showing the witch doctor mid-spell. Note the smile on my face as I launch a spell towards the naked ladies!

Sadly, I couldn’t quite fit each of the sisters in to the imitation photo, so I took this additional snap to show the statue in all its glory.

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