Surfs Up by Nathan  Johnson

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HYDEN, Western Australia
14 metres high, and 110m long, the face of Wave Rock appears ready to crash onto a pre-historic surf, now frozen in time.
Believed to have formed over 2700 million years ago, Wave Rock is part of the northern face of Hyden Rock. The shape of the wave is formed by gradual erosion of the softer rock beneath the upper edge, over many centuries There are actually several examples of such “waves” in the Hyden area, and if you have the time, it is well worth the effort to see some of the other smaller, but equally spectacular, ones.
The colours of the Wave are caused by the rain washing chemical deposits (carbonates and iron hydroxide) down the face, forming vertical stripes of greys reds and yellows.


landscape, rock, wave


  • mick
    mickalmost 7 years ago

    always had a soft spot for this image,or pics simular to this,one of australia’s best landscapes. well done

  • Peta Hurley-Hill
    Peta Hurley-Hillalmost 7 years ago

    fantastic image

  • Kerron
    Kerronalmost 7 years ago

    Surf rocks in W.A. :D

  • Trish Mistric
    Trish Mistricalmost 7 years ago

    Wow…very intriguing wave.

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 7 years ago

    I’d love to see this one day! Nice shot.

  • Renae
    Renaealmost 7 years ago

    Brilliant shot Nathan

  • Nathan  Johnson
    Nathan Johnsonalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks Renae

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 7 years ago

    that is crazy ,,fantastic

  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...almost 7 years ago

    was it Moses who did this? It is a great shot

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkover 6 years ago

    what a great half-pipe. suprised there aren’t skaters busting their arses on it. great earth tones. excellent composition.

  • Well now that you mention it…….when it wasn’t a tourist attraction and my father was a younger man he got on the turps (beer) one day and tried to ride a motorbike up it???

    – Nathan Johnson

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