I’ve always been fascinated by seascapes and visiting new areas has been a great part of my enjoyment of sea kayaking. The Great Australian Bight certainly gives plenty to appreciate and here is just a small taste.
Often the elements sculpt the landscape into interesting shapes. Murphy’s Haystacks look like old time haystacks and the nearby granite is sculpted into various wave shapes.
Other places have ever changing natural sculptures.
And sometimes you come across man-made sculptures that seem to blend into the environment
And sometimes man leaves things to slowly blend into the landscape.
Not every old piece of equipment is in decay. We met Wes Davies who organised a classic car run from Perth to Sydney via the scenic route. Wes was a sheep buyer in this area in his younger days and now as a publisher and classic car fanatic in New Zealand, he shows others the beauty of the area in a truly classic way. I’ve always thought that certain cars from the 1950’s and 60’s had sculptured lines and a beauty of their own.
Hi! We’re really enjoying your adventures 🙂 These photos are amazing. What’s the story behind Murphy’s Haystacks?
Hi. Glad you liked the photos and thanks for your comment.
Murphys Haystacks are inselberg granite rock formations located on the Calca Peninsula which is part of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Formed of Hiltaba granite they have weathered slower than the surrounding limestone base forming these strange shapes. The story goes that in the late 1800’s a coach traveller who was pushing the idea of farrowing the land for better crop yield saw the formation in the distance and remarked that the farmer must be using his methods to produce so much hay. As the rocks were on a property owned by a man called Murphy, the rocks became known as Murphys Haystacks.
I really enjoyed your photos Ian.
Thanks Leigh. I wish I could take photos as well as you play guitar
Lovely and exotic place (for us in the NE USA, at least)! 🙂
Yes, it’s a lovely landscape if you like rugged, remote, ancient and dry. But this does create some beautiful places to visit and paddle.
reminder …or perhaps enticement for a time beyond the hectic pace. Great photos of nature shaping environment