A Time to Reflect, Port Campbell VIC by Chris Munn

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A Time to Reflect, Port Campbell VIC by 

Location : Loch Ard Gorge Precinct, Port Campbell National Park, Victoria

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In the early hours of June 1st 1878, this rugged section of coastline etched its place in history, claiming the Loch Ard, and the lives of 52 souls she carried. Lost in the fog, the Loch Ard met her sad end, smashing into Mutton Bird Island after a short, but desperate battle to save her. As the tragedy unfolded Tom Pearce an apprentice, and Eva Carmichael a young Irish immigrant were cast into the sea. Tom was the first to make it to the shore, having spent time drifting whilst clinging to a capsized lifeboat. Eva eventually drifted towards the shore, clutching debris from the wreck. Hearing her cries for help, Tom re-entered the freezing sea, and fought against the current to bring her to dry land. Once safely ashore, Tom found shelter for Eva in a nearby cave. He then scaled the towering cliffs to raise the alarm and return with help. Thus Tom and Eva entered history, the only two survivors of one of the worst tragedies of the Shipwreck Coast.

Once known as the Island Archway, the two limestone stacks at the heart of this scene are all that remain after the central arch, which unable to support its own weight, collapsed in 2009. Now named after Tom and Eva, these stacks stand as a memorial to the two brave souls who endured that terrible morning of June 1st 1878.

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I believe photography is a form of visual poetry, with the power to transport us through time, opening windows to special fleeting moments, which have long since passed. As you browse my portfolio, I hope that my photographs allow you to escape through these windows, and enjoy the special places and moments that I had been privileged to experience

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  • Andrew (ark photograhy art)
    Andrew (ark ph...about 2 years ago

    nice shot chris

  • Thank you Andrew :-) I was very blessed to capture this image on my first visit to the gorge.

    – Chris Munn

  • Ivana Redwine
    Ivana Redwineabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful photograph!

  • Thanks Ivana :-) The Loch Ard Gorge precinct is a spectacular section of coastline.

    – Chris Munn

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibabout 2 years ago

    Awesome pano Chris! Love it.

  • Hi Arfan, thank you :-)

    – Chris Munn

  • jasimages
    jasimagesabout 2 years ago


  • Thanks Jason :-) I’m pleased you enjoyed “A Time to Reflect”. The gorge is certainly an amazing place to spend some time exploring.

    – Chris Munn

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Bruntonabout 2 years ago

    Stunning panorama Chris.

  • Thanks Christina :-) On an evening with a wonderful sunset, it is difficult to fathom the tragedy of the Loch Ard, which occurred such a short distance away.

    – Chris Munn

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012about 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture and work Chris.
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thank you for visiting Colleen2012 :-) The story of the Loch Ard, which came to grief nearby is an amazing tale of tragedy and survival. In addition to its passengers, the Loch Ard was carrying a spectacular Minton peacock. Surviving the wreck, the peacock is now on display at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum at Warrnambool. It is remarkable that such a large, fragile item could survive the churning surf of this rugged coastline.

    – Chris Munn

  • marcpayne
    marcpayneabout 2 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks Marc :-)

    – Chris Munn

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    Great panorama shot and quite a story to go with it. Thanks for the history.

  • You’re most welcome :-) Thank you for taking the time to browse through my photographs and for your kind comments.

    – Chris Munn

  • KaapstadMeisie
    KaapstadMeisieabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture… Amanda :o)

  • Thanks Amanda :-) It was a really nice evening to be out with a camera.

    – Chris Munn

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoabout 2 years ago

    a wonderful scene with it shimmering colors on the water, and blue light of day! Great work!

  • Hi Phil :-) Thankyou. I was certainally glad to have visited Loch Ard Gorge on this sunset.

    – Chris Munn

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