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The Petrified Forest by Michael John


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This surreal landscape, known as the ‘petrified forest’, looks like a forest of tree roots turned into rock.

It was long believed that this petrified forest was formed when an ancient forest of Moonah trees was smothered by a large sand dune. Water seeping through the sand formed a crust of sandstone on the outside of the trunks, decaying the organic matter, leaving behind large petrified trunks.

A more recent theory suggests that they are hollow tubes of limestone, eroded as a result of millions of years of rainfall.

Cape Bridgewater, Victoria, Australia.

Mamiya ZM film camera, as is.

Gems – Mar 2011
The World As We See It – Mar 2011

I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Thank Kathy.

    – Michael John

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyalmost 4 years ago

    nice one the detail in this – beautiful shot!

  • Thanks for the great comment Gail.

    – Michael John

  • Gregory Hale
    Gregory Halealmost 4 years ago

    Love the rich colours and the blue sky, the little trace of clouds adds depth to the image.

  • Thanks for that great comment Gregory.

    – Michael John

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent picture, Michael! They look a lot like the hoodoos of western Canada.

  • They certainly are unusual, so interesting that you have something similar over there.

    – Michael John

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    NatureGreeting...almost 4 years ago

    What a wonderul view, Michael

  • Thank you Carolyn.

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsalmost 4 years ago

    No wonder it was petrified. I’d be scared too if that happened to me! Nice shot Mike.

  • Haha – very funny Michael. They must have seen you coming. Thanks for the fave too!

    – Michael John

  • StephenRB
    StephenRBalmost 4 years ago

    very interesting geology

  • Yeah, a fascinating structure. Thanks Stephen.

    – Michael John

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning work!!

  • Thank you for the fave Gena.

    – Michael John

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsalmost 4 years ago

    interesting image and background story, good one Michael!

  • Hi Mark. Not something that you see everyday, that’s for sure.

    – Michael John

  • Ian Fegent
    Ian Fegentalmost 4 years ago

    Great one Michael could be in a wide range of settings.

  • Thanks for that Ian.

    – Michael John

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