Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Merewether Rock Pools

One of my fav places in Newcastle is Merewether Baths, and just to the south of that are some wonderful Rock Pools.

During low tide, it is easy to walk from the Baths south to Dudley Beach, rock hopping and wading through some beautiful rock pools.  I love the texture and shape of the rocks mingled with the blue of the small pools that are home to many small sea creatures.

The purpose of my Photo Safari on this occasion was to record some of the awesome shapes and patterns of rocks as they have been pounded by the sea over thousands of years.  

Close to the calamity of the waves pounding against rock, small serene pools of water form within the rock reflecting the deep blue of the sky and showing off the colour of the rock and stone beneath the surface.

On walking from the Baths, I noticed the rocks are criss-crossed by small ravines cut into them from the water.  Some of these form almost perfect square shapes cut at 90 degrees.  Other rock formations have hexagonal type shapes from the harder rock that form 'veins' throughout the softer rock in between; the softer rock erodes leaving the hexagonal shapes of the harder rock.

My 2 favourites were Volcanic Pie and the small Moon Crater type erosion.  I am at a loss to explain how these may have formed.  The Volcanic Pie is a round sort of shape, with cracks that resemble a pie cut into pieces.  The small Moon Crater type erosion is exactly as I describe it; both look awesome as you will see!

Heading south from Merewether through the rock pools along the coast, I came upon a pebble beach. Millions of different colour pebbles look wonderful but, if they are wet then it is like walking into quicksand and your feet sink about 6 inches into them (losing ones' thongs of course!)  The walk will take you to Dudley Beach and, from there, there are bushwalks through the Glenrock National Park.

Because the Newcastle area is famous for it's coal mining industry, there are a few reminders along this walk of what the primary industry has been for over a hundred years.

The next project - visit Dudley Beach at sunrise and catch those golden rays over the rock pools!  Also, a walk in the park; apparently many photographic wonders there also!

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Hope you enjoy what you see here; I had a great time collecting them!

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Volcanic Pie

Pebble Beach

Moon Craters

What lies beneath?

The Rim