Blue Mountains

The iconic National Park region of New South Wales is called the Blue Mountains. As you can see in the photo, for Becky’s July blue squares, they aren’t exactly blue, but got the name from a fascinating fact, involving other blues…

the view from Govetts Leap lookout

The range is covered in eucalypts, or gum trees, many of them Blue Gums (seen in the foreground). In the heat, they emit a mist of eucalyptus oil which refracts the light, causing a blue haze at a distance. ( You’ll find most mountains/hills in coastal Australia will appear blue at a distance for this reason.