Monday, 21 October 2013

Just like the song said

A short drive from the 12 Apostles you can see another feature carved from the soft rock of Victoria - this one is called London Bridge.  And, just like the one in the song this bridge has fallen down.

On the 15th January 1990 this geological version of London Bridge did in fact fall down.  The used to a rock arch that linked the now isolated pillar to the coast.  Two tourists were trapped on the still standing section, and were rescued by helicopter.  They must still be telling that story!

It takes almost no imagination to see why this coast is changing so quickly - the waves surge all over the rock and the water swarms at the base of the pillar.  You leave the viewpoints without any doubt about the power of the ocean.




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30 comments:

Timur said...

Wow...what a beautful place !

Best regards

Dave said...

You have posted some beautiful seascapes recently..... Another great post Stewart

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow what a beautiful wonder that is. You're right, I bet those two tourists will tell that story the rest of their lives.

stiefbeen said...

heel mooi ja dan merk je pas hoe sterk de oceaan is.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Amazing -- the earth is still forming itself! Yeah I bet those tourists definitely are still talking about that little adventure ...

Montanagirl said...

Moving water is a powerful force. I wouldn't want to be stranded out there.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What would be the chances of it collapsing with people on the other side? Most of the time things like that happen in Nature with no one around to witness it. Wonderful looking shoreline Stewart.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Stewart Wonderful coastline. I love the seas bashing in to rocks. great pity that part of 'London Bridge' is missing now!

Andrea said...

The power of the ocean ... something one doesn't think about very often. We tend to take things for granted and your photographs have shown us something that we should always be aware of ... Nature is not to be denied. The oceans recarve our earth and the temperature of their waters spawn storms that recarve our communities ... we should learn to be respectful of nature because she will win in the end. Great post, Stewart ...

Andrea @ Fropm The Sol

Karen said...

Beautiful shots Stewart! I saw it before it collapsed.

TexWisGirl said...

it is really neat, still!

Sylvia K said...

An awesome place indeed, Stewart!! I do love your seascapes and can almost hear the roar of the water!! Terrific!! Hope you have a great week!

Fun60 said...

It will be interesting to take the same views in 10 or 20 years from now and see how the apostles and the nearby rocks have stood the test of time or not as the case may be.

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

Loving your shots of the sea. This one really shows the power of the ocean. Fascinating!

Pete Shanley said...

Nice shots Stewart and background info. Having spent my childhood in SW victoria I had been marched across London Bridge on many occasions - can still picture the front page of the newspaper the day after the section fell!

Cynthia said...

Fascinating story, and very appropriately named natural bridge. You caught the power of the wave well.

Laura said...

That second photo really shows the power of nature. Those tourists were mighty lucky. All the photos are beautiful... I love seeing the varied landscape here on your blog Stewart.

Arija said...

I am always mesmerised by the surge and suck of the ocean and can watch it by the hour. Somewhere in one of my pre-historic albums I have a picture of the bridge as it was . . .

ladyfi said...

Wow - how very gorgeous and what a lovely sight.

karen said...

Stunning, that must have been very scary when it collapsed for the couple left there!

Liz said...

It's such a stunning area of the Victorian coastline! I'm hoping to do a trip on the Great Ocean Road when we visit Melbourne in May for my Mum's 80th.

LOLfromPasa said...

Been there! Such fun to see you photos. Marvelous!!

Babs Helferich said...

beautiful pictures!
greetings Babs

Andrew Fulton said...

Fantastic images Stewart...

DIMI said...

Fantastic place Stewart!!
Wonderful pictures!!!
Dimi...

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Pat Tillett said...

What an amazing place! You photos of it are also amazing. The narrative was also interesting. Thanks!

Joyful said...

Your beautiful shots do show the power of nature. Very nice!

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Glad to hear those people were recovered safely! Now it looks like there needs to be a new rock-bridge to join the disconnected pillars.

maryaustria said...

Gorgeous! Such a beautiful scenery! Wonderful captured!