Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 29, 2015

Battery Rock

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Merriwa, New South Wales.

Battery Rock Rest Area is between Sandy Hollow and Merriwa on the Golden Highway, which goes from Singletong to Dubbo in New South Wales. I have never stopped there before, but imagine my surprise when I encountered these basaltic columns. They are formed because of internal pressures when they are cooling out from lava.

Basalt hexagonal columns
Basaltic columns

They are meant to be hexagonal but I counted a lot of pentagonal columns. I do not know why.

Basalt columns
Basalt columns.

There were a lot of Blue-faced Honeyeaters and I found a nest. I had never seen one of their nests before. It is a double first for me. doh!

Blue-faced Honeyeater at nest
Blue-faced Honeyeater

Pretty soon I will be seeing Yellow-necked Miners as I go west , but for now they are still Noisy Miners.

Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner

Not sure what this is. Some sort of parasitic plant growing on a gum tree.

Parasite plant

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