When I was a kid growing up in the suburbs of Sydney in the late 60s and 70s, ******* Creek was for my mates and I our internet, our computer game, our DVD, CD, our smartphone, our everything. We knew every rock and tree on our side of the creek, and a lot of the other gang’s on the other side. We used to make dams, destroy dams, clear rubbish blocking the flow, build boats, fish, make tunnels under the lantana, build treehouses and camp out in the sandstone caves hidden under the vines. It was time to go home when one of our mums’ would ring their respective bells back up in the row of houses we lived in backing onto the bush. From up there the sound of the waterfalls after rain would dominate the air, and we could actually see one of them from our balcony. ********* Creek has four waterfalls, one of them is about 2 metres. None of them had any names. Or at least, we didn’t have names for them, only descriptions, like "the bottom one" and "the top one", both of which were just within our territory. Mostly though we spent time at "the middle ones".
Today I went back to ******** Creek for the first time in a long time. I found the old track beside the creek which was once a dirt road in the 1800s and where we once found the remnants of an old barb-wired fence and three sandstone milestones lying under the lantana – carved on site but never used.
I only found one of those old milestones, a little worse for wear, but not the other two. I found the sandstone ledge with the smooth carved grooves in them that the local historical society once labelled as of Aboriginal origin, when in fact my mates and I created them years earlier by rubbing sandstone rocks against the ledge because for some reason we thought that sandstone dust was valuable.
I also found the four waterfalls, and shot them all before the sun caused issues. This shot is of the second waterfall – one of the smaller ones. I’ll be going back to shoot them after some heavy rain, especially the 2 metre drop – that is going to be some flow. And once I feel I’ve nailed them I will disclose the location for others to try out.
Tagged: , Peter Hill , creek , Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III , Canon TS-E 24mm f3.5L , Hoya ND x400 , Lee Grad ND , long exposure , landscape , Waterfall , Waterfalls