Natural Wonders (Post#9) : Heping Island Rock Formations
Photos of the day are all about unique rock formations found in Heping Island. Though, I haven’t seen all amazing and wonderful rocks in the island and just few of it, it was really surprising to see the natural wonders we have in our world. The island offers rarest rock formations and if the visitor will have wild imaginations, will be impressed and may shock how in the world it was formed. These photos are part of Keelung City Tour last August 2017.
More than 25 million years ago, the island of Peace Island was surrounded by an infinite ocean. The terrain on the island was affected by long-term weathering and waves, thus forming strange stones such as scorpion stones, tofu rocks, sea caves and sea erosion platforms. The geological landscape is like a masterpiece carved by the same day.
Notes : Photo : Heping Island Park Rocks, rock formations
Location : 360, Pingyi Road, Zhongzheng District, Keelung City
Directions / Transportation :
a. From Taipei Main Station, take TRA train to Keelung Station. TRA Train website here.
b. From Keelung Station, go to Visitor Centre where the tourist shuttle bus waits. Keelung Shuttle Bus website here.
c. Choose which Zone option you wanted to visit and enjoy.
d. Please visit the access link to the island park here.
Website : Heping (Peace) Island
Photos of the day are all about the Pinnacle Desert. The desert can be found within Nambung National Park that showcases remarkable limestone formations spread all over an area of 190 hectares. It has over thousands of weathered limestone where some of its tallest reacheds 3.5 metres above the yellow sand base. The Pinnacles became known to Australia when the area became a reserved area in 1967 and from there combine to other two reserves to form Nambung National Park. These photos are part of Yanchep National Park, The Pinnacles and Lancelin Beach Trip October 2016.
Photo : desert, The Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park
Location : Pinnacles Dr, Cervantes WA 6511, Australia
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Drive towards Pinnacles Dr, Cervantes WA 6511, Australia or
3. Take bus from Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 (in Perth) then transfer to Cervantes Post Office to take taxi and drop-off at The Pinnacles Desert or
4. Take bus from Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 (in Perth) then transfer at Vins Wy Lancelin and take taxi to The Pinnacles Desert
Official Website : The Pinnacles Desert
Photos of the day are all about Wave Rock which is part of Hyden Rock. It is a natural rock formation, a granite cliff with 15 meters high and 110 meters longs with a shape of tall breaking ocean wave. Its shaped has been caused by weathering and water erosion which have undercut the base and left the rounded overhang. It has cultural significance to one of the aboriginal people called Ballardong. And believed to be created by rainbow serpent (often seen as creator god in aboriginal religions in Australia) when it dragged its swollen body after consuming all the water in the land. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.
Photo : rock, Wave Rock, Hyden Rock
Location : Wave Rock Rd, Hyden WA 6359, Australia
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Drive towards Wave Rock Rd, Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Official Website : Wave Rock
I had known “The Bungle Bungles” at first in Kings Canyon in Northern Territory when I found the “Little Bungle Bungle”. And at that time, I dreamed to see it for real. “The Bungle Bungles” is the main feature of Purnululu National Park. Now, it is considered as “One of the world’s most fascinating geological landmarks”. These photos are part of Day 4 (The Bungle Bungles) of 9 Days Darwin to Broome Overland Adventure Tour October 2016.
It’s been around for 350 million years and revered by its Aboriginal custodians for at least 40,000 years, but the striking Bungle Bungle Range (‘the Bungle Bungles’) in World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park was a secret from the outside world until 1983. Today this maze of orange and black striped karst sandstone domes, often likened to giant beehives, is one of the best loved attractions in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. It’s a spectacular landscape of sculptured rocks rising 250 metres (820 feet) above the surrounding semi-arid savanna grasslands and the most outstanding example of cone karst in sandstone anywhere in the world.
Natural Wonders (Post#5) : Magnetic Termite Mounds
If I was amazed in giant Cathedral Termite Mounds that I saw, I felt more wondrous after seeing the graveyard like Magnetic Termite Mounds. At first I thought that I was looking into a cemetery but it’s not. I learned that these termites thought to have built-in compass, which is the main reason they able to build a mound that is north-south aligned. These photos are part of Litchfield National Park Tour Photo Collection September 2016.
Visiting Litchfield National Park amazed me in some ways. This happened when I saw two of the gigantic Cathedral Termite Mounds. I never realized to see such tall termite mounds. And the look of the mounds that the termites built were similar to cathedrals that human beings built. I was surprised that such creation will stand through times with season changing on its natural ways. I saw two giant cathedral termite mounds, one is protected surrounded by metal bench and the other one still standing on its natural settings. These photos are part of Litchfield National Park Tour Photo Collection September 2016.
Natural Wonders (Post#3) : Mount Chepren and Waterfowl Lake
When I visited Columbia Icefield in Jasper, Alberta which I considered one of the great places that I had ever been, I had an opportunity to see beautiful and amazing sceneries along Icefield Parkway. And one of the scenic views that I witness was mountains lined-up in both sides of the road. The snapshot above was Mount Chepren together with icy-crystal Waterfowl Lake which can been seen in Icefield Parkway still in Banff, Alberta area which I captured during my adventure tour in Canadian Rockies last May 2008. The name of the mountain was came from the 4th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Chepren (or Khafra) according to Wikipedia.
Natural Wonders (Post#2) : Kings Canyon – Lost City
Outback experience was one of the unforgettable experiences that I had while in Australia, because while lost in the desert, it’s totally new world out there to discover and learned something. The photo above is the one they used to call “Lost City” within Kings Canyon (Northern Territory). This canyon is still part of Wattarka National Park in Red Centre area of Australia. Photo snapshot last April 2013 after climbing the canyon and the view was really wonderful.
When I arrived in Australia, one of the place that I dreamed to see was Uluru or Ayers Rock. For me, it represent Australia’s Outback. One of the amazingly great to know that Uluru is in the middle of the continent country in southern hemisphere which they commonly calling as Red Center. Ayers Rock is treated as sacred place of aboriginal people (first people live in Australia) and it was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo captured during Outback Adventure held last March 2013.