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Natural rock formation, Petrel Cove, South Australia.
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Ben Loveday is a photographic artist based in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, with a focus on landscape, urban and conceptual photography.
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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Outstanding capture Ben.

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 1 year ago

    These arer very attractive little rocks, Ben. They look like marble studded with uneven natural pearls, which have to rest in long=cooled lava. Gorgeous find.

  • Each granite boulder is about 500 mm across, and weighs about 300 kg- they must have rolled down the cliff face from a higher strata. The cove is littered with strangely different rocks jumbled together.

    – Ben Loveday

  • athex
    athexover 1 year ago

    nice contrasts in the rocks

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 1 year ago

    Lol, please accept my apologies for my appalling typing, Ben. :-)

    The second sentence should have read, " . . . which have come to rest . . . "!

    500 mm and 300 kgs is a wee bit on the large size! It’s a pity I’ll never see them, you make it sound like a wonerful place to visit.

  • The whole southern coast is wonderful: pristine white sandy beaches, incredible rock formations and cliffs, and further to the west along the Fleurieu Peninsula is the Deep Creek Conservation Park, stretching for some 40 km’s. I did a bit of research into the geology: the rocks were formed from at least 3 major deformations in the Cambrian Era when Australia was part of Gondwana: the white rock is granite and the black rock metamorphic sediments, which through the deformations/ volcanic activity have become interlayered. The granite being harder, erodes more slowly, so probably collapsed in large chunks off the cliff face and has been rolling about in the sea for countless millenia, and is thus rounded.
    The fact that the granite bounders are strewn over the beach suggests some large seas in the past, perhaps a tsunami or two, to deposit the granite bounders high on the beach. In winter waves come straight in off the Southern Ocean, and some are to say the least- huge. I’ll make a note to get down there in June and capture a bit of the action.

    – Ben Loveday

  • Clo Sed
    Clo Sedover 1 year ago

    very zen to me……..
    i love it

  • They could be eggs?

    – Ben Loveday

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago


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