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Albany & Esperance #5

Departing Esperance on Day Five as we commenced the return journey, the first stop was at Ravensthorpe where I took a few more photos of the small town that I once called ‘Home’ for seven years. Next stop was at the world famous granite formations of Wave Rock and Hippos Yawn near Hyden.  Then came Corrigin and a stop at the Dog Cemetery which is the resting place for many dearly loved pets. Last call was at Brookton which had some lovely wildflowers near the service station, then home to Perth at the completion of an interesting five-day tour and a journey of 2,323 kms.

Date(s): December 2009. Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 109 of 109 Total. 9496 Visits.
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Ravensthorpe Nickel Mine in morning light
Returning from Esperance on 4 December we passed the mine site again.

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Ravensthorpe Nickel Mine Site
A glimpse while speeding past.

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Ravensthorpe Nickel Mine Site
Mining scar on the landscape.

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Ravensthorpe Nickel Mine Site
No attempts at re-vegetation.

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Ravensthorpe Nickel Mine Site
The scar on the hillside can be seen for miles.

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BP Service Station Ravensthorpe

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Junction of Morgans St and Queen St Ravensthorpe
Taken from BP.

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Grain Silos at the top of Morgans St
Taken from BP.

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Queen St going to the Hospital
Taken from BP.

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Built in 1906
Currently used as 'Ravensthorpe Community Centre'. In former years has been a Hotel and Boarding House.

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The Seat under the Hotel Verandah
Palace Hotel Ravensthorpe, built 1907.

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Lovely Jacaranda Tree in Bloom
Telecommunications Tower at rear of Old Post Office.

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Tall Trees of Spence Street

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The House where I lived from 1967-1974

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Spence St looking down hill
Real Estate for Sale.

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More new Houses in Spence Street
Uphill view.

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The Old Dunny Lane
Taken from Hotel end and looking towards Telecommunications Tower at Old Post Office. Most of this was un-fenced when we lived there.

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Morgans Street
Busy main street with many Road Trains passing through.

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No more Grocery Shopping here!
Shop 'For Lease'. This used to be the Co-op.

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Originally the Westpac Bank
This was built for the Westpac Bank while we were there, now it says 'Everything or Nothing'....

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Carlisle St slopes down to the Valley

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Post Office corner Morgans St & Carlisle St

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Grain Storage
Passing the wheat bins as we drove out of town on the way to Wave Rock.

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Welcome to Wave Rock at Hyden
Wave Rock is 4km east of Hyden in a 280ha bush reserve, and about 340km south-east of Perth.

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Hippos Yawn near Wave Rock
This unusually shaped granite formation has eroded to the shape of a yawning hippo.

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Hippos Yawn
Tourists eating lunch in the mouth of Hippos Yawn.

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Granite Formations
Walking the trail from Hippos Yawn to Wave Rock.

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Emu Feathers caught in a Branch

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Bright Orange Berries

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Emu Feathers
Presume the Emu got its feathers caught when eating the orange berries.

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Slabs of Granite cut by Nature

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Sheoaks at the base of Wave Rock

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Indentations in the Granite

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Ornate Dragon Lizard on Granite Rock
Ctenophorus ornatus.

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Lobe-Leaf Hop-Bush
Dodonaea lobulata.

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Ornate Dragon Lizard still on guard
Ctenophorus ornatus.

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Granite Kunzea (Kunzea pulchella)

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Granite Kunzea (Kunzea pulchella)

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Rock Sheoak (Allocasuarina heugeliana)
Close to the foot of the rock the soil is made richer by decomposition of lichens and mosses, so the tallest Sheoaks grow here.

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Mosses and Lichen on the Rock

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Wildflowers in White

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Granite Bottlebrush
Melaleuca elliptica.

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Granite Bottlebrush
Melaleuca elliptica.

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Walking Trail at base of the Rock

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Light green foliage of young Sandalwood trees
Santalum spicatum. The sandalwood is a hermaphroditic species.

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Sandalwood berries forming
Flowering is sporadic
because of the irregular rainfall in most areas where sandlewood grows. Flowers are carrion-scented and nectariferous, attracting a wide range of
insect pollinators.


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Sandalwood Trees
Also known as Quandong Trees.

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Sandalwood starting to fruit
The Quandongs, or fruits ripen from June-December.

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Looking back towards Hippos Yawn

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Rock Sheoak Trees
(Allocasuarina heugeliana).

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Arrival at Wave Rock
Completion of 1.4 km walk from Hippos Yawn.

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Wave Rock at Noon
Unfortunately this is the worst time of the day for photography with the striped face of the rock in shadow of the overhang causing remainder of surroundings to be overexposed.

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Wave Rock from the far end
Believed to have formed over 2700 million years ago, Wave Rock is part of the northern face of Hyden Rock.  The shape of the wave is formed by gradual erosion of the softer rock beneath the upper edge, over many centuries.

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Sheoaks at the base of Wave Rock
The colours of the Wave are caused by the rain washing chemical deposits (carbonates and iron hydroxide) down the face, forming vertical stripes of greys reds and yellows.

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Wave Rock behind the Sheoaks
Wave Rock is 14 metres high and 110m long. In addition to being an impressive tourist attraction, the rock has been converted into a catchment for the town's water supplies, with a foot-high concrete wall around the upper edge of Hyden Rock directing rainfall into a storage dam.

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Hyden Water Supply Dam & Catchment
Capacity 29,810 cubic metres; Height above sea level 316 AHD; Rock Catchment area 29.3 Ha; Average Rainfall 337mm.

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Hyden Water Supply Dam
The small rock wall constructed on the lower rock faces have proved an effective method of collecting water and diverting it into the dam.

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New Steps
New Steps provide easy access to the top of Wave Rock for panoramic views.

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Looking out over the Sheoaks
Low Rock Wall diverts rainwater run-off into the dam.

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Low Rock Wall harvests Rainwater
View towards Salt Lakes.

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The Catchment Walls
Illustration of catchment walls.

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Hyden Water Supply Dam

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Farmlands beyond the Sheoaks

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Rock Walls in catchment area
Salt Lakes in the distance.

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Water Catchment area on top of Wave Rock

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Zoomed across to the Salt Lakes

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Back at ground level
Vapor Trails in the sky.

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Blueberry Lily (Dianella revoluta)

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Returning alongside Wave Rock
If possible, it is worth seeing the Rock at different times of the day, as the changing sunlight alters its colours and appearance.

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Rock surrounds are dry in December
In spring, this ground is a carpet of wildflowers.

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Larissa washing the Windscreen

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Kangaroo motifs on Toilet Block

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Wave Rock Kiosk

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Novel Box for Key Return

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Location of Wave Rock

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Melaleuca species

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Vegetation near Wave Rock

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Melaleuca species

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Natural Vegetation

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'Dog in a Ute' Competition
In 1998 a world record was set for a convoy of 699 Utes travelling to Corrigin. In 2002 Corrigin again broke this record with 1,527 Utes and raised $60,000 for charity.

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Corrigin Dog Cemetery
This unique resting place came about because of the death of Strike, who was Paddy Wrights best mate. Alan Henderson then buried his dog alongside and built a tombstone. He then cared for other grave sites that followed there after, thus creating the Corrigin Dog Cemetery.

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A Tribute to "Mans Best Friend"
Financed by Corrigin Tidy Town Tourist Committee 1992.

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Corrigin Dog Cemetery

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Corrigin Dog Cemetery

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Corrigin Dog Cemetery

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Corrigin Dog Cemetery

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Corrigin Dog Cemetery

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Corrigin Dog Cemetery

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DUSTY rests beside TINY
Photos of a random selection of headstones.

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SHAR rests here

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JACK DREW at rest
01/03/1993 - 24/12/2005.

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BANDIT DICKINSON at rest
10/10/1990 - 5/5/2005.

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RIDGEWAY at rest
A Wonderful Companion to the Murphy Family and Jan Walton for 15 years.

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SCRUFFY rests here

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DUKE at rest
22/12/1990 to 04/12/2007.
Cheerio My Boy.


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The road just travelled from Corrigin

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The road ahead to Perth via Brookton

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A brief stop at Brookton

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Orange Featherflower
Verticordia species near Brookton Service Station.

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Yellow Wildflowers
Near Brookton Service Station.

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Colourful Orange Featherflower
Verticordia species near Brookton Service Station.

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Pink Plumed Featherflower
Verticordia plumosa near Brookton Service Station.

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Dazzling Orange Featherflower
Verticordia species near Brookton Service Station.

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Pink Plumed Featherflower
Verticordia plumosa near Brookton Service Station.

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Railway Crossing at Brookton

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Eucalypts at Brookton
Now for the final leg of the journey back to Perth after an enjoyable tour covering 2,323 kms in the south of Western Australia.

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Wave Rock Panorama 1
Four stitched photos of view from top of the rock.

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Wave Rock Panorama 2
Three stitched photos of view from top of the rock.

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Wave Rock Panorama 3
Two stitched photos of view from top of the rock.

 
   
 
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