The letter T brings to mind tea for two, tricycles and teddy bears. There are T’s everywhere, it would seem. Here are a few that I’ve spotted in my travels.
Three Sisters, Echo Point
This sandstone formation is instantly recognisable to many people and is a major tourist drawcard in the Blue Mountains. From the early days of photography, a popular gimmick was to take photos of three sisters in front of the Three Sisters. There is an image of an early photograph by Ernest Brougham Docker here. The formations are “sheer yet crumbling, they rise a thousand feet above the forest floor. The Jamison Valley in which they are situated is fed by scores of waterfalls and cascades. The view alternates between the damp luxuriance of rainforest and the stark yellow of weathered cliff” (Martin Thomas, The Artificial Horizon: Imagining the Blue Mountains).
There was a legend that the three sisters were members of the Katoomba tribe, living in the Jamison Valley. They fell in love with three men in the neighbouring tribe at Nepean, but their marriage was forbidden by tribal law. A battle between the tribes followed and an elder turned the sisters to stone to protect them. Unfortunately, the elder was killed in the battle and no one could turn the sisters back. The legend has been subsequently revealed as an attempt to make a local landmark more interesting, although the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Gundungurra, have a legend that includes the rock formation.
Travelling through country towns, it is common to come across tiled shopfronts, especially on old pubs. Pubs seem to survive above all else in some places. These tiles were spotted on the old Globe Hotel at West Wyalong, a gold mining town in the central west of NSW. The original pub was built in 1894 but was rebuilt in 1908 after being destroyed by fire. The tiles below were on one of the many lovely old shopfronts along the main street in Temora.
This lovely display was spotted in front of a large garden centre in Macquarie Park, north west suburb of Sydney. Floriade in Canberra is an annual celebration of tulips with over a million blooms carefully planted in creative displays since 1988. There is a link to the photo gallery here.
There is something about tools lined up neatly on a board. This collection is at the Mount Victoria Museum.
I couldn’t resist this old Remington typewriter, also spotted at the Mount Victoria Museum. My fondness for typewriters and keyboards in general was revealed earlier in this quest, and just looking at it reminds me of how clumsy keystrokes or too much enthusiasm could result in the keys mashing together in a tangled mess.
Have you spotted anything tricky beginning with T lately?
Keep an eye on Autumn’s insightful spying here, as well as atman.art.studio on Instagram.
And now I’m off to uncover something beginning with U.