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Best of 2006

(January 1st - December 31st, 2006)

Shawn Steigner

Lily Mountain Trail - Roosevelt National Forest

Steven Spink

Vale of Avoca - Grose Vale

Near Richmond, NSW, Australia

November 18, 2006, 03:45 UTC, 14:45 local time

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On a recent visit to Sydney, my host Cathy invited me for a drive to a surprise destination.

At the time I had no idea where I was headed, but I now know that Vale of Avoca Reserve and Woods Reserve are located 7.5 km south-south-west of North Richmond on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Mountains, overlooking the lower Grose River and a few kilometres upstream of its confluence with the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.

Source: National Parks Association of NSW

It would have to be one of the most magnificent sights I've ever seen; a photo - even a VR - doesn't do it justice.

If I'd taken another 2 steps forward from my shooting position we would've been able to see the valley floor. However we had no safety equipment and I'm not very brave when it comes to heights!

Sadly, only a few days after I took this VR, the general area fell victim to bushfires. As I write this 4 weeks later, the fires are still burning in and around the Grose Vale district.
Some other VRs I've taken
The Canon A95 snapshot camera fell victim to the dreaded E18 error - a good excuse to buy a new digital SLR!

Hardware: Pentax K100D, Sigma 18-55 zoom at 18mm, $2 tripod from KMart circa 1985.

Software: PTGui, Pano2QTVR

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