Word-of-Day-Challenge-Unbreakable

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unbreakable

not liable to break or able to be broken easily.

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I always thought the Twelve Apostles

to be unbreakable until

London Bridge

collapsed in the 1990s. In July 2005 the Apostle that now is a pile of stone

on the right (in water) also collapsed.

Experts said, at the time, that

the Apostles would reappear.

My thinking is that it won’t be overnight 🙂

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk220-Shoreline

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shoreline

the line along which a large body of water
meets the land.

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Gibson Steps shoreline, and…

…The Twelve Apostles shoreline, along

The Great Ocean Road.

Warrnambool Beach

South Western Victoria.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk220 – Shoreline

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A Melbourne special spot is

the footbridge over the Yarra River.

The long sandstone building is…

Flinders Street Station where Melbournians

meet under the clocks.

The Twelve Apostles is one of my favourite spots,

which has unfortunately become too touristy for me.

 

 

 

 

Further west along the Great Ocean Road

is, Loch Ard Gorge.

 

 

At  sunrise only a few joggers, dog walkers

and photographers encroach on one’s space

at Geelong’s Griffin Gully Pier.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Special-Spot-Shots

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Special-Spot-Shots

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Special-Spot-Shots

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:   Special-Spot-Shots

 

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Glorious

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glorious

* having, worthy of, or bringing fame or admiration.
* having a striking beauty or splendour.

It does not matter which season I visit…

…the Twelve Apostles and other nearby places

along the coastline provide glorious views.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Glorious

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Lochard Gorge

Lochard Gorge is named after the ship Loch Ard which ran aground in a stormy night losing all souls aboard except for Eva Carmichael and Tom Pearce (both 18 years old) who managed to swim ashore, ending up in the gorge.  There is a small cemetery nearby where crew members and passengers whose bodies were recovered are buried.

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It quite easy to descend into the gorge via a set of relatively recently constructed steps. Once down it is easy to get some idea of the difficulties facing Eva and Tom on a stormy winter’s night.
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On this day with the bitumen in the road and car park melting under the blazing sun and sticking to the soles of my sneakers, two of my Canadian visitors opted to remain in the comfort of my car.

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So it was that my Canadian friend, of nearly forty years descended into a cauldron of blistering heat which was devoid of any breeze and, I am sure, ten degrees hotter than the car park.

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On any other day I would have happily explored the caves. However, with loose burning sand beneath my feet, the thought of climbing out of the gorge left me searching for the shade on the north side of the gorge searching for oxygen – hot or cold would do!

It is only a short drive to Port Campbell where we stopped long enough to re-hydrate and cool down a little…..okay we stopped at a pub! My Canadian friends would have called it a Bar. It was only a short stop, before heading inland for the two hour drive home after an enjoyable, but extremely hot, day.

Twelve Apostles

Phot opp

The scenery along the Great Ocean Road can be breath taking and there are plenty of photo opportunities along the drive.

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When I first visited this area there was a rough car parking area and only natural footpaths.

In recent years a modern car park and conveniences have been built on the inland side of the Great Ocean Road adjacent to the heliport.

Visitors have a five to ten minute walk, crossing under the Great Ocean Road, to reach the Twelve Apostles. In the 40 degree Celsius heat we experienced that day the walk seemed much longer……or is it that my legs are ageing? gor-18A

Once out of the underpass it is a short, easy walk on a boardwalk to the Apostle still joined to the mainland. From this vantage point many Twelve Apostles images have been taken by visitors from all over the world.

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In the photo below you can see that there was a path right out to the end of this Apostle. I dare say that due to erosion, the narrow path and increasing numbers of visitors public safety has become paramount.

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And if the fences do not deter you, the maybe the signs will.

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This shot is the eastern view
(looking back towards Geelong).

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While this shot is the more often used postcard photograph
(the western view)

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Great Ocean Road

Earlier this year I played tour guide for some Canadian friends whom I had not seen for around thirty-five years. I spent several weeks planning an itinerary which would I hoped would repay them for the hospitality they showed me when visiting Canada.

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A day trip from Geelong to Port Campbell was decided upon. This drive would see us travel from east to west along the Great Ocean Road, an iconic heritage listed tourist attraction along South Western Victoria’s coastline.

The the first indication that you are about to enter the Great Ocean Road proper is the Great Ocean Road ‘gateway’ about twenty minutes drive from Geelong.

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imageThe road is not straight and care must be taken while driving. Allowing a full day to travel from Geelong to Port Campbell will give you time to admire the scenery.

Commencing at the Geelong end is better for two reasons. First, in Australia we drive on the left side of the road, so driving from East to West gives everyone better views of the rugged coastal. Second reason, is that the sun is behind you all the way which makes the drive more relaxing.

The planned trip also offered me a chance to use my Nikon D90.