Glowing Rock Stacks

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© Christopher J Chalk
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The world famous Twelve Apostles are giant rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. They have been created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland that began 10–20 million years ago. The stormy Southern Ocean and constant blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves and sheer cliffs. The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. Although there are only a hand-full of stacks remaining in this group, they still retain there name from the late 1800s.

Sunrise and sunset offer particularly impressive views as the Twelve Apostles change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.

I took this photo with my back turned away from the sun setting!

Victoria – Australia

23 responses

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    So dramatic, Chris. Thanks for the good geology lesson.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    One awesome landscape!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    Instant fav...wonderful light capture!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    I see, you choosed this one!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    Beautiful image result, CC! Love your pov and the story....awesome!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    Very dramatic.

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    Very powerful shot Chris.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (9 Jun 2010):

    Splendid entry, love the glow on the rocks..

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (9 Jun 2010):

    Wonderful dark balance to highlight the 2 remaining Apostles

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (9 Jun 2010):

    Superb,,,and all other good words lol

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (9 Jun 2010):

    Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful color, lighting, and composition. Very well done...

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (11 Jun 2010):

    The perfect time of day to take this picture. The colors are amazing and this is a great entry for the theme.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Outstanding Christopher......doesn't get any better ~ ! :)

  • Judy Abolafya

    Judy Abolafya (Deleted) gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    love this!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Meant to fav this 2 days ago.....absolutely YES ~ !!!!!!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    magnificent!!! wow!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    M A G N I F I Q U E n t r y !

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2010):


  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2010):

    Enjoyed the history as well as the photo...Lovely!

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (13 Aug 2010):

    excellent photo!!like it

  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (18 Aug 2010):

    Very nice shot

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (26 Sep 2011):

    Most beautiful indeed.


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (21 Apr 2012):

    Beautiful landscape Christopher!

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