Twelve Apostles. Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia. (3) by Ralph de Zilva

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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.

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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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  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 2 years ago

    magnificent work!!!!

  • Thanks so much Tereza for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 2 years ago
  • Shall do so in a moment. Thanks Tereza.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    Wow, great forces of nature were at work here Ralph! Great capture.

  • Thank you very much Maree for your lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    What an amazing view !..beautifully captured Ralph – Love it xx

  • Thank you Gail for your lovely comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 2 years ago

  • Thank you so very much Tereza for the feature. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 2 years ago

    Well Ralph you certainally had better weather than what I had. Also you were there in the morning which is the right time of day. A great shot Mate.

  • We had terrible weather for four of the five days we spent on the Great Ocean Road. It was dull and gloomy for most of the time. I was lucky enough when the sun peeped out for about five minutes on this particular day. Did you notice the big black cloud in the background. Thanks for your comment Alwyn.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    What a wonderful picture, Ralph.

  • Thanks very much David.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture. Congrats on your features.

  • Thanks a lot Judy for your lovely comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 2 years ago

    Yes Ralph, I did notice those clouds. Really I think that they add to the photo. A great shot.

  • I thought so too Alwyn only because they were so dark. If they were just the normal rain cloud, I don’t think I would have bothered taking a shot.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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