271 views as at 29 November 2012. Early morning, I got up to take a photo from the lookout a short walk from the YHA youth hostel at North Springwood in the lower Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 2008. The photo shows the Cumberland Plains (which stretchs between the Blue Mountains and Sydney) with mist still remaining in the lower areas. Above, in the distance is a hot air balloon and the skyline on the horizon is the northern Sydney suburb of Chatswood. The photo was taken with a Nikon D70 camera fitted with a Sigma 50-500mm 1:4-6.3 APO DG HSM zoom lens. The photo has been tweaked with Gimp software – using select/copy/paste tools to remove some imperfections, brightness/contrast tool and sharpening filter.