Last week I posted pics of the Ladies' Baths at Wollongong. Just to the North of the Ladies' Baths is the Nun's Pool. The Nun's Pool is one of the oldest rock pools in Australia. It dates back to the 1830s as a safe a private swimming place for the wives of the officers who looked after convicts building Wollongong Harbour. Rocks were piled up to break the waves coming into this tiny little cove at the bottom of the cliff at Flagstaff Point. The more formal wall which now forms the wall of the pool was built in 1842. The pool itself if quite small, not much bigger than a back yard swimming pool. At one stage iron chains spanned the pool to provide a demarcation between the shallow end for 'non-swimmers' and the disabled and the deeper part of the pool. The concept of disabled people using this pool is strange as access was originally by ladder and then by a narrow, unfenced path down the side of the hill. The pool is called the Nun's Pool as it was frequented by the nuns and students from St Mary's Convent and was used by the nuns until the 1950s. Previously the pool had been known as the Ladies Chain Baths and Lovers Gully. This pool is now abandoned and the local council has fenced it off. The track down to the pool which can be seen on the right (if you know where to look) is in a very poor condition. There is a fair bit of rubbish at the back of the pool as well. Photos take with an Olympus E-P1 and 9-18mm lens and the shots were taken just as the sun was about to pop over the horizon. With no cloud cover and no straight horizon, this was a pretty difficult shot to take. I didn’t use a GND as it would have adversely affected the rocks on either side. Both shots are the result of fusing multiple images via HDR.