"Magnificent!" "Fantastic!" "Superb!" Such expressions as these are freely used by people visiting our beautiful Blue Mountains, and they are even more impressed when they return and further explore this natural wonderland.
If the tourist is awed by the area, the artist will certainly approach his interpretation of these varied landscapes with some trepidation. "Raleigh's Effect", the addition of vaporised eucalyptus oil to the atmosphere, intensifies the richness of colour in the blues, even on distant receding peaks. In the valleys Megalong, Kanimbla and others, there are many varieties of gums, some whose enormous girth and gnarled, scarred trunks show their centuries-long resistance to flood and drought.