Pooh Bear Falls Clyde Mountain Pass

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#46 Celebrate Waterfalls Series
"You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." (attr to Pooh in Pooh's Little Instruction Book)

Near the summit of Clyde Mountain, the Buckenbowra Creek starts its plunge down to the sea below. Inland children have named this fall after Pooh Bear.

After the war, the military removed explosives kept in an artificial cave near the falls (and which would have destroyed the pass if required). The cave was repurposed as a shrine for the little bear. Parents driving to the coast by the pass distract small children from the cliffs by pointing to the waterfall and cave. Generations of parents have keep the cave well-stocked with retired stuffed teddy bears for this purpose.

Sadly, many of the bears have been washed over the 150m plunge to the Corn Trail far below this point (so that the name has become more literally correct), but the fall and its cargo of lost bears goes unseen, as there is no vantage from which to see the chaos.

Image: This was a single shot into mist. When i first published this, I toned it for depth and desaturated it to cut through the mist.
This shot rebuilds the scene by changing viewer perspective. The initial shot was from the bottom of the fall looking up - which never translates well into a photograph. Here, instead, the change of perspective allows me to concentrate on this little twisty corner of the forest, as the fall of Pooh Bears travels off in search of adventure.

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madelene jeffery: Stunningly beautiful... 
Peter Quinton: madelene jeffery the mountain tops are a joy to tramp through. In contrast, the 'shrine' to the bear is a bit of a dog's breakfast, but it is bright, constantly changing, and keeps the kids amused :)  beyond help, far below, one of the bears.
madelene jeffery: Peter Quinton oh... Poor bear.. Thank you for showing, even if..
Peter Quinton: madelene jeffery as children and beyond we invest a lot of love in teddy bears. Being abandoned so carelessly must inculcate a degree of bitterness in the heart of even the kindest bear. Perhaps they are gathering somewhere, in numbers, planning their revenge :/
madelene jeffery: Peter Quinton I've always loved teddybears, so cuddly, so soft.. I'm sure they are, in some way 😉

shonie Hutter: The Lost bears.:-)  A bit like G+ shutting down....Enjoying every moment of these posts +Peter Quinton
Peter Quinton: shonie Hutter perhaps lost bears today - perhaps tomorrow they will arrive at a new picnic spot in the woods. I assume that the experience will teach them all to be a little more cautious next time. lest they tumble down another mountain :)

My Fav Pic of the Day: Gorgeous capture +Peter Quinton . Pleased to share with our page. +Trudy Grossman 
Peter Quinton: My Fav Pic of the Day You are very kind Trudy :) Thanks!
My Fav Pic of the Day: +Peter Quinton I am happy to see so many have viewed your photography. It is a big loss for G+.

Wendy Chandler: Opalton: and Lightning Ridge:  two places in a terrible TV programme about opal hunters, wrecking the Outback in search of the beautiful jewel stone. To see that country is such a contrast with your beautiful photographs.
On G+ I have seen so much  detail of many countries. What will happen to the Australian wilderness when these men have finished wrecking it?
Peter Quinton: Wendy Chandler it makes my blood boil. Remediation is never attempted and shareholders in these companies take their 40 gold coins and run before the day of accounting comes. I go to many places i do not document here (i will not publish photos of inherently dangerous places publicly) and many of them follow the footsteps of miners (who are often the only people willing to push access roads into remote areas). I have seen some heart wrenching scenes of devastation (and sometimes great continuing risk) only to find on return that the authorities have forgotten the dangers.
Wendy Chandler: Peter Quinton Although I'm across the world and will only see beyond my small horizons, through TV documentaries I am often distressed and angry to see what greed does to our beautiful world. The opal has fascinated me since childhood. The only thing left to me by my grandmother was a small opal brooch; my engagement ring was opal. I have neither now, and any wish to own another has been destroyed by images of those miners who have devastated vast areas of land. Nobody should be beyond the reach of the Law - including those who grant rights to further damage the countryside. (Back on my soapbox)

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Author: Peter Quinton
Date Published: 2019-02-24
Date Last Revised: 2019-03-22


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