Black Cockatoo

Margaret Stevens

Buderim Meadows, Australia

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The marble Black Cockatoo statue is one of many in the Maroochy Botanic Gardens, Tanawah, Queensland.
The Bushland Sculpture Garden is a Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Inc. project. We saw this area as our piece of marble. Like the sculptors, we knew the garden was already there – we have simply taken what was needed to be taken, added what was needed to be added, and revealed the beauty of what nature has provided.
The marble is from Chillagoe, about 200km west of Cairns where a small quarrying industry produces an incredible variety of marble. 300 million years ago the coral reef on the then coastline was compressed and heated during immense seismic activity. In the huge melting pot of limestone, white shells and coral were crystallized to form the pure white marble of today. Coloured marble is due to impurities, the black resulting from the blending of the reef with mudflats. Marble varies in hardness depending on the crystal size.

Camera: Nikon DSLR5000
F.Stop: f/16
Exposure: 1/13
ISO: 3200
Focal Length: 20mm
Exposure bias: +1step
Aperture: 3.8

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