"Jaws of Death"

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© Christopher J Chalk
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“Jaws of Death”

The remarkable “Jaws of Death” rock formation (Now known as The Balconies) is appropriately named as seen in this image.

The shape of the upper and lower rocks opens out onto a vast plateau akin to pre-historic like Jaws, providing stunning views of the vast Grampian Ranges.

Prior to 1996 visitors were permitted to walk out to, the lower Jaw or level, of the formation but due to the instable and dangerous environment the Jaws were closed to the public.

However, the views remain in this stunning formation of nature’s awe inspiring beauty at the Grampians National Park, only a 45 minute drive from my home town.

The Grampians National Park (also Gariwerd) is a national park in Victoria, Australia, 235 kilometres west of Melbourne. The Park was listed on the National Heritage List on 15 December 2006 for its outstanding natural beauty and being one of the richest Indigenous rock art sites in south-eastern Australia.

The Grampians feature a striking series of sandstone mountain ranges. The ranges were named in 1836 by Surveyor General of New South Wales Sir Thomas Mitchell after the Grampian Mountains in his native Scotland, but are also known by the name Gariwerd, from one of the local Australian Aboriginal languages.

There are older photos taken of people standing on the lower level, the following is a link if your interested!

Exp – 1/80

Apt – F/2.8

ISO – 80

F/L – 6.20mm

Taken with my Canon "IXY" 25 IS Camera.

26 responses

  • Norman Baade C.

    Norman Baade C. said (17 Jun 2010):

    Nice shot, my vote.!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Thanks Norman - :)

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (17 Jun 2010):

    An outstanding image and theme entry. The composition on this is wonderful. Thanks for the info. It got my Vote!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Aptly titled! It does look like a prehistoric monster!! Voted.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (17 Jun 2010):

    Chris, when you're finally over here, we will have to take you to the Great Smokies National Park in East Tennessee/West North Carolina. The topography is so similar. Nice photo and excellent narrative. Voted. (Were you hangin' out the car window when you snapped this?)

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    awe-some pov, CC! I hope you are being careful when you are taking this type of shot.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (17 Jun 2010):


  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Nah, I was hang-gliding Dick - :)

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Fabulous capture and composition, Chris!! What a beautiful place! Great entry! voted.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    What an amazing capture, simply awesome you have my vote!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Amazing rock formation and it does resemble jaws...Narrative also informative...Voting!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    thanks for the info, great shot. voted!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (17 Jun 2010):

    Looks like it got away from The Crocodile Hunter! ;) You certainly got a great view from the hang glider ;)

  • ikrema al qudah

    ikrema al qudah said (18 Jun 2010):

    great shot


    JOE FAILK gave props (19 Jun 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    Looks a lot like the head of a ghila monster

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

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

    Nice.My vote

  • Billy Houckham

    Billy Houckham said (21 Jun 2010):

    Fantastic picture Chris

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (21 Jun 2010):

    Easy to see why it's called that!! Fantastic! My vote!!

  • Juanita Vivas

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

    Enjoyed the info. What a wonderful Park to have close by. Awesome photo...Got my vote!!!

  • Rami­r Delgado

    Rami­r Delgado gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    Cool !

  • boyet gabion

    boyet gabion said (4 Jul 2010):

    wow great.. voted

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    It is wonderful Chris!!! My vote.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Fascinating. Super entry. Voted.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2010):

    Totally amazing! Love it! Voted

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