Weathered: Weekly Photo Challenge

0049 Ayres Rock

© irene waters 2018

Uluru (Ayers Rock) – is the remains of the weathering of a large granite mountain range (about the size of the Himalayas)  that with wind and water eroded quickly as their was no plant life and  formed an alluvial fan near its base. One fan on top of the other. It was then covered by an inland sea and the pressure turned them to arkose sandstone, a sedimentary rock. Another mountain building flipped the bedrock on its side and more weathering took place. It is amazing to think that like an ice berg there is more of this rock under the surface than there is on top.

 

0048 The Brain

© irene waters 2018

Weathering of Uluru.

 

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© irene waters 2015

Water is a big weathering agent.

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© irene waters 2015

The abrasive action as the water washes over the particles smoothes any roughness out of them.

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© irene waters 2014

The Pasha Bulka didn’t weather the storm well and was washed aground on Nobbys Beach. They did eventually manage to refloat her.

012 bad weather prevents docking at the wharf

© irene waters 2018

This wharf didn’t weather the storm too well with major damage being sustained and boats no longer able to use it.

 

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© irene waters 2015

Will we weather the storm as our polar ice melts and sea levels rise?

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© irene waters 2015

Water carves out gullies

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© irene waters 2014

and huge canyons

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© irene waters 2014

with gravity assisting the water to carve out arches.

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© irene waters 2018

Not often can we see the effects of weathering before and after but at Lake Siwi on the Island of Tanna after a cylonic dump of rain

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© irene waters 2014

the lake is no more.

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Weathering can affect man made objects too with paint peeling and fading

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and structures crumbling.

Weathered

Wind, moving water and gravity

Abrade

But man he too plays a part

with animals, chemicals and what he plants

Impact

Our biggest threat to mankind

Is our changing climate

Extreme weather results

People die

Our world erodes

Is it too late to stem the tide.

In response to prompt weathered for weekly photo challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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11 Responses to Weathered: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. calmkate says:

    great shots and meaningful words Irene, thanks!
    Is that arch in NZ? and the temple Indonesia? I like the destinations labeled … sorry 🙂

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  3. How lucky are you to have been so so many lovely places! Sorry to have missed Uluru when we were in Australia. And is that Ta Prohm I spy in the last pic?

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    • I went to Uluru many years ago (as you can tell from the quality of the photo) when you were still allowed to climb it. Magnificent view and the colours of the rock change with the sun. You’ll have to plan another trip. I’m sure I could suggest some other places you haven’t seen. Yes you are right. It is Ta Prohm – a special place.

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  4. Dahlia says:

    Awesome collection Irene and thought provoking too

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  5. The photos are astonishing but the poem at the end stopped me for a moment to consider just what in the world we are doing. I wonder the same – is it too late already?

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