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Evans Lookout Blackheath the Blue Mountains by David Iori

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Sep 04, 2009
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Aug 28, 2009
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Nikon D200

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Evans Lookout is located at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, Evans Lookout is about a kilometre from Govett's Leap lookout at Blackheath, its located on the left side of this panorama, Govett's Leap Lookout has similarly spectacular views as well, and Blackheath is also the highest town in the Blue Mountains.
There is a cliff-top walking trail which joins the two lookouts in addition to the normal roads.
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The Grose River has cut a deep gorge through the area as it makes its way east towards the Hawkesbury River. Sheer sandstone cliffs standing hundreds of metres above the river make for spectacular scenery and can be viewed extensively from the Blackheath area, where there are a number of accessible lookouts, the best known being Govett’s Leap.
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The valley can also be viewed from lookouts near Bells Line of Road and points outside Mt Victoria. Charles Darwin described the Grose Valley as “stupendous … magnificent” when he visited in 1836. In 1859 some of the first photographs in Australia were taken in the valley. At various times there were proposals for rail lines and dams but these have not proceeded. In 1931, the valley was the subject of one of Australia’s first forest conservation battles Within the valley, the Blue Gum Forest is one place that stands out from the rest of the valley. It consists predominantly of towering Blue Gum trees, with a thin under storey because the tall trees inhibit the growth of ground cover by blocking most of the sunlight. Protected by the Blue Mountains National Park, the forest can be accessed only on foot, with several trails from different parts of the Grose Valley and adjacent canyons meeting in the forest.
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There are a number of walks through the valley, with various entry, exit points and valley arms offering a range of permutations to explore. A moderate-grade day walk covering approximately 10km in five hours starts at Perrys Lookdown and descends sharply to the valley floor. Crossing through a corner of the Blue Gum Forest, the track goes south through the Acacia Flat camp ground, following the Govetts Creek. Passing several abandoned camp grounds, the path forks at Junction Rock; the route to Govetts Leap was closed in October 2003, following a landslide, and was reopened in December 2007. In the other direction, along Govetts Creek, the route then starts a continuous climb towards the Grand Canyon, where it forks again; one track goes to Neates Glen, while the other is a steep climb to Evans Lookout.
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The general direction of travel is towards the south east and this direction is recommended as the final climb at Evans Lookout is not as difficult as the ascent at Perrys Lookdown. Creeks in the valley are seasonal and highly polluted, and are known to cause gastrointestinal upsets.
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The walk is much more strenuous in summer due to the higher daily temperatures and there is also an attendant greater risk from bushfire. The valley has been affected by bushfires at various times, notably in 1982 and in November 2006. In particular the Blue Gum Forest was damaged by back burning. Owing to the harsh bushfires in 2006, the Blue Gum forest and other walking tracks in the valley have been closed to bush walkers to allow the regrowth of vegetation. It is unknown when it will be opened.


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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 319 megapixels (39442 x 8104 pixels)
Input images: 75 (25 columns by 3 rows)
Field of view: 124.9 degrees wide by 25.7 degrees high (top=5.5, bottom=-20.1)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: unknown
Camera model: NIKON D200
Image size: 2604x3898, 2607x3889, 2609x3896, 2609x3898, 2610x3895, 2612x3895, 2612x3896, 2612x3898, 2613x3892, 2613x3895, 2613x3896, 2613x3898, 2614x3893, 2614x3895, 2614x3896, 2614x3897, 2614x3898, 2614x3899, 2615x3773, 2615x3896, 2615x3897, 2615x3898, 2615x3899, 2615x3900, 2616x3894, 2616x3898, 2616x3899, 2616x3900 (9.9 megapixels - 10.2 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-08-28 15:53:43 - 2009-08-28 16:02:16
Aperture: f/11
Exposure time: unknown
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 38.4 to 47.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 38.1 to 55.1 percent
Computer stats: 3583.46 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 2:34:27 (2:03 per picture)
Alignment: 30:58, Projection: 9:51, Blending: 1:53:38

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