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Glasshouse Rocks and Pillow Lava…

by on Sep.08, 2016, under Life, Photography

Glasshouse Rocks sits strewn along the southern end of the sandy surf beach at Narooma. This amazing site of ancient geological significance and beauty is a photographers dream. Recognised by the Geological Society of Australia as dating between 510 and 440 million years old. This huge collection of residual Pillow Lava rocks extends far down the coastline from Narooma.



NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

We decided to head out to the location for sunset. The weather was really socked in and it was really threatening to rain but we figured since we only had this evening here we’d risk it. One upside was the soft overcast light and the dark brooding skies. It was however very cold and windy :).

You can’t drive to the beach to get to this location so there’s a bit of a trick to getting here.

Essentially you drive out onto Glasshouse Rocks Road (now that part makes sense). However when you come to a fork in the road you take the left onto Cemetery Road. Now I know what you’re thinking but bear with me :). At the end of that road you will in fact come to a large cemetery which overlooks the sea. Turn right as soon as you get to the cemetery and follow that till you come to a clear area with a white fence. Park here and you walk around the fence and you’ll find a track which leads through the scrub, over the headland and then down the hill to the beach. It takes about ten minutes to walk down.



NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1.6 sec at f/16, ISO 50

Once down these amazing primeval rock formations jutt out of the ocean floor. Watch your footing these rocks look very jagged and sharp.

You never know what you might find out on the beach. This was perfect for a little foreground interest with some of the rocks on the horizon in the distance.

Points and Circles

Points and Circles

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 2.5 sec at f/13, ISO 50

By 7:30PM it was starting to lightly sprinkle and we cloud see the dark rain in the distance. Time to get out of here before the rain really hit.

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