Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Memories of Australia

These are some photos I took in 1990 on 35mm film in Australia. They are not as sharp as more recent digital photos, but I still find them interesting and useful.

Lakes along coast of Victoria, Australia that were formed as magma encountered water saturated sediment causing a steam and ash eruption known as a "maar." Surrounding the lakes are rings of volcanic tuff blown out during the eruptions.

Loch Ard Gorge along the southern coast of Victoria, Australia. A ship called the Loch Ard was caught in a fog along this coast and ran aground causing the ship to sink. The only two survivors of the wreck were Eva Carmichael, who survived by clinging to a spar for five hours, and Thomas (Tom) R. Pearce, an apprentice who clung to the overturned hull of a lifeboat. Tom Pearce came ashore first, then heard Eva's shouts and went back into the ocean to rescue her. They came ashore at what is now known as Loch Ard Gorge and sheltered there before seeking assistance.

London Arch, a rock formation along the south coast of Victoria, Australia formerly called "London Bridge." This area is within Port Campbell National Park, Australia. The arch used to be a double arch, but the part closest to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990 just a few weeks before this photo was taken. Two tourists were stranded on the outer arch, but were rescued by helicopter.

Three of the Twelve Apostles, sea stacks along the southern coast of Victoria, Australia in Port Campbell National Park, Australia.

Volcanic tumulus in old lava flow, Victoria, Australia

Eucalyptus forest in Victoria, Australia

Bright orange fungus on dead tree in Victoria, Australia

Winter country landscape in Victoria, Australia

Forests along coast of Victoria, Australia

Snowstorm in the Australian Alps

Mount Elephant, a cinder cone atop a shield volcano in Victoria, Australia. The volcano is thought to have last erupted between 5,000 and 20,000 years ago.

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