The Little Gorge

The Blackfellows Hand Track is a rough and ready, mud puddled byway that starts opposite the Bungleboorie Camp Ground,on the Glow Worm Tunnel Rd. – just north of Lithgow – before bumping and grinding its way along the edge of the Newnes State Forest until it reaches Wolgan Rd near the Wolgan Gap.

There’s a lot to delight along the Blackfellows Hand Track. The Lost City for example, which is a series of gullies riddled with the sandstone pagoda formations that the area is famous for. Squint your eyes a bit and let your imagination go and you will be instantly transported to Shangri-la among the gum trees.

This little gorge can be found towards the end of the track, quite close to the Aboriginal art work in Black Fellows Hand Cave.

It’s a beautiful and magical place, a gap into the surrounding sandstone at the top of the escarpment that drops down into Wolgan Valley.

You may first decide to stop in its cool green ferny shade for a cuppa, but you will leave sated deeply in your spirit, far more than tea and bikkies could ever do.

For this little gully resonates with the ages. It’s filled with the inaudible secrets and mysteries of nature whispered in still, breathless air. You are on sacred ground and you will be moved deeply.

The Little Gorge was featured in:
Your Magic Place
– February 2009
*DSLR Users Only – 3 A Day* – July 2009
ImageWriting – 11 February 2010
Nikon D200 – 18-135 zoom
Manfroto tripod
Nikon MC-36 Remote

f4.5 – 1/180

Post Processing:
PSE 7 – Topaz Adjust and the usual faffing about_

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  • Cheryl  Lunde
    Cheryl Lundealmost 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. This is a fantastic mystical shot. Love it!

  • Thank you Cheryl and a big thanks for the favourite too…. :-)

    – Jeff Catford

  • Meike
    Meikealmost 6 years ago

    WOW!! Awesome ;)) All these details you can see here… it is such a great image..Congratulations on your well deserved feature!

  • Meike, thank you. I’m really chuffed that you like it.. :-)

    – Jeff Catford

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Kazzoom, thank you, and yes, it is a beautiful – and inspiring – place. :-)

    – Jeff Catford

  • athex
    athexalmost 6 years ago

    Nice image, well composed and great lighting

  • GerryMac
    GerryMacalmost 6 years ago

    stunning natural perspective amazing depth to this capture Jeff!

  • Thank you GerryMac. Every time I visit this place I am totally refreshed. This image is a reminder for me, of those experiences.

    – Jeff Catford

  • Jason Ruth
    Jason Ruthalmost 6 years ago

    Truly an amazing place; your photo makes it feel even more prehistoric than when you are there. Excellent work.

  • Veikko  Suikkanen
    Veikko Suikkanenover 5 years ago

    Congratulations! This work has been featured in the group DSLR Users Only!
    Fantastic work!

  • Thank you very much Veikko and thank you for the feature. I am most chuffed at that.. :-)

    – Jeff Catford

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • Thank you Scott. Much appreciated

    – Jeff Catford

  • Joe Mortelliti
    Joe Mortellitiover 5 years ago

    Love this Jeff,just makes you want to explore what further on,VERY nice

  • Thanks as always Jo, much appreciated. This image is one of my personal favourites, btw, so I was very pleased when I learnt that It was accepted in the APS’s 2009 Australian Digital Photography Awards.

    – Jeff Catford

  • Joe Mortelliti
    Joe Mortellitiover 5 years ago

    That is a feather in your cap, congratulations…pleased I can pick a top shot out of your portfolio too:-)

  • Thank you.. You wouldn’t mind going back and picking a few more top shots would you … :-)

    – Jeff Catford

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