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      Wisemans Ferry


Making Lemonade out of Lemons?


This is the narrative of Ben Pearse, Blue Mountains photographer. But let’s start at the beginning instead of today (2018). Born in Port Macquarie, the family moved to the Blue Mountains when Ben was three – he remembers the move, the next move and the next move. The constant moves were not a case of ‘hiding from the sheriff’ or creditors. No, Ben’s dad was in real estate and could see all the opportunities as can many savvy relators. A purchase, a move, a reno and a sale, another move! Exciting life for a little one.


    Commercial Photo ... Ben Pearse Photography


By 15, Ben found his second love – rock climbing. Into his twenties and he was an expert – sponsorships came his way from big companies. Muscular, fit and handsome, companies had found a photogenic athlete for their marketing campaigns.


Another influence in his young life was an Australian Navy photographer – a favourite uncle who encouraged Ben to hang around with him on backpacking trips and family camping vacations. Even into the dark room, his encouraging uncle welcomed Ben, teaching him skills. Ben watched and listened. This was the seed for photography – a career much later in his life.


 'Three Sisters at the three Sisters' (Ben Pearse Photography)


As ‘life got in the way' of plans – Ben turned to retail management. Here he learned a different set of skills. Yes, there was less time for climbing, but the retail giant’s benefits were great – great training, varied financial and management skills. Senior management saw his potential, promoted him often and planned to move him to its Sydney headquarters.  The in 2010, some difficult-to-diagnose illness struck, leaving Ben bed-bound for more than six months. Loss of identity brings most of us to our knees – loss of career, loss of physical strength to an athlete, loss of income.   Realizing the seriousness of his predicament, he took this time to consider, ‘what’s next’?


Ben needed a job that he could ease into as he recovered and photography seemed an obvious choice.

       Portraits by Ben Pearse


Fully recovered, he launched his business in 2012. His corporate skills now came into play and the business flourished.  Ben is considered a highly skilled portrait and location photographer. You will find his photos on all our websites.  Oh, yes, an exhibition, his second since launching his business is planned for 2019.



 Everglades Gardens


With temperatures rising to 21c. this week, blossoms like these (above) will change the scenery of the Blue Mountains. Thank goodness!  Tuesday might be the perfect day for a walk through Everglades Gardens or a picnic on The Mall divider.


 Picnic on a sunny day



If you have been waiting for perfect gardening weather, this week might just be 'it'. Time to search out favourite plants, buy a gorgeous Italian pot and put your body to work in the garden. Leura has the perfect place to satisfy all your garden needs! 

Birches of Leura Garden & Gifts

address: 2/156 Megalong Street

Phone: 02 4784 3146 
Hours: Open 7 days 10am–5pm


Looking through the nursery-centre gate, we get the distinct impression of a ready-made garden: herbs, cottage plants, seedlings and trees and, in the garden, two beautiful flowering Japanese Cherry. Handsome gurgling water features strategically spaced throughout provide a sense of tranquility.


A recent addition is the handmade ornamental terracotta, truly Tuscany works of art. Fired in a century-old furnace, these are so unique and so beautiful you’ll want to consider one or perhaps more for your garden.



Cut flowers are always in stock and the gift shop overflows with beautiful decorative items for the home. So many unique and charming items you won’t find anywhere else. We do love shopping here – it is a petite shop and our creative juices start to flow with every visit.


Birches of Leura is home to the Scarecrow Competition at the Leura Harvest Festival each autumn - creative, inventive and unconventional entries hang throughout the garden in May.