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The Twelve Apostles. Port Cambell National Pk, Victoria, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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

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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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  • supergold
    supergoldover 2 years ago

    wonderful capture Ralph with amazing colors

  • Thanks very much Fred for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    What a magnificent area this is, Ralph! A wonderful picture!

  • Thanks so much David.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Outstanding capture and info Ralph.

  • Many thanks Julie for your lovely comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago


  • Thank you Lori for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Fantastic work

  • Thanks Joy for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    Another wonderful shot Ralph…

  • Thanks so much Andrea.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 2 years ago

    Really gorgeous shot Ralph! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Thank you very much Gabe for your nice comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 2 years ago

    Click the flag to see all the new Australia! You’re Standing In It… Features!

  • Thank you so very much Vanessa for the feature and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Stunning capture of this beautiful place. Congrats on your feature.

  • Thanks very much Judy for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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