Eaglehawk Neck on the island of Tasmania (Australia) has a violent history related to its convict past. Checking the location of this site on Google Maps will show why the convicts came to this place – it was the shortest way to escape on foot from the prison at Port Arthur.
Nowadays, however, that is past and it is what is found on the lovely beach that brings folks to marvel and wonder. Ironically, though, the attraction for the modern traveller predates the penitential era quite considerably. The convicts too, could have appreciated these amazing formations (if they had not had far more urgent things on their mind – like surviving the vicious guard dogs on the beach!).
This post has been one that I have been considering for some time. However, Ailsa has challenged us to come up with a response to her travel post: Leading Lines, and this fits the bill perfectly, so here it is! These photos were taken while on a camping trip in Tasmania in the summer of 2010.
What you see in the photo above is not a concrete path that has been artistically finished to create a special effect. This crazy paving is the work of nature and can be found on the shore at Eaglehawk Neck. It is called ‘tessellated pavement‘ and has resulted from movements in the earth’s crust as well as wave/water/sand action on the rocks.
There are basically two types of formations. In one, depressions have formed in the rock centres where the actual rocks have eroded faster than the edges near the cracks. This is shown in the photo of the rock ledge below.
The other type of formation results in things that look like enormous loaves of bread! In this situation, the cracks have eroded and the centre of the rocks remain – smoothed off on each edge.
Everywhere one looks on this rock formation, there are straight lines made up of cracks and crevices.
Beautiful little ‘underwater gardens’ filled with seaweeds, empty shells and live aquatic animals are scattered in depressions on the surface of the platform with larger pools inviting exploration around the rocky edges.
It is a photographer’s dream come true!
Other entries so far in the Travel Theme: Leading Lines challenge are: