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Twelve Apostles. Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
Gitzo tripod

1499 Views, 96 Comments, Favourited by 23 & 11 Features as at 07.04.2014

Winner in the Country Victoria groups “Beach Scene” challenge on 25.02.2014
Winner in the Australian Coastal Towns “Coastal Scene That Was Taken In A Different State To Where You Live” challenge on 08.12.2013
Winner in the This & That groups “Beach Avatar Chellenge” on 26.11.2013
2nd in the #1 Favourites “On The Beach” challenge on 08.12.2013
2nd in the Landscape Photography groups “Avatar” challenge on 25.08.2013
3rd in the Life’s A Beach groups “Avatar Challenge” on 26.12.2013
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The Twelve Apostles is a collection of miocene limestone rock stacks jutting from the water in Port Campbell National Park, between Princetown and Peterborough on the Great Ocean Road.

The apostles were formed by erosion: the harsh weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 45 metres high. The site was known as the Sow and Piglets until 1922 (Muttonbird Island, near Loch Ard Gorge, was the Sow, and the smaller rock stacks the Piglets after which it was renamed to The Apostles for tourism purposes. The formation eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles, despite only ever having nine stacks.

In 2002, the Port Campbell Professional Fishermens Association unsuccessfully attempted to block the creation of a proposed marine national park at the Twelve Apostles location but were satisfied with the later Victorian Government decision to not allow seismic exploration at the same site by Benaris Energy believing it would harm marine life.

The stacks are susceptible to further erosion from the waves. On 3 July 2005, a 50 metre tall stack collapsed, leaving eight remaining. On 25 September 2009, it was thought that another of the stacks fell, but this was actually one of the smaller stacks of the Three Sisters formation. The rate of erosion at the base of the limestone pillars is approximately 2 cm per year. Due to wave action eroding the cliff face existing headlands are expected to become new limestone stacks in the future.



I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
    ☼Laughing Bones☾about 2 years ago

    simply gorgeous photography Ralph, very serene and colorful

  • Thanks very much Laughing Bones.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerabout 2 years ago

    Just beautiful!

  • Thank you Angela.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 2 years ago

    Super picture and narrative, Ralph!

  • Many thanks David and nice to hear from you.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot Ralph and good info. Looks great viewed large. I`m always amazed how the extra enlargement gives a bit of wow to photos.

  • Thank you very much Terry. It sure does make a difference when an image is viewed large.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréabout 2 years ago

    Nice scenery, Ralph!!

  • Thanks very much Peter.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • KerryPurnell
    KerryPurnellabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful colours :)

  • Thanks Kerry for your visit and comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • dher5
    dher5about 2 years ago

    wow! magnificent!

  • Thanks very much.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • MissyD
    MissyDabout 2 years ago

    Looks fantastic Ralph, great colour!

  • Thank you very much Missy.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    Amazing capture Ralph, lovely perspective.

  • Thank you so much Andrea for your lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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