Flinders Chase National Park, South Australia, 2021  

 

Photographs and commentary: copyright Jonathan C Nevill,  2021, unless otherwise credited. Camera: Samsung Galaxy S7.
Date: June 17, 2021.

 

We (Sophie and I) visited the west coast of Kangaroo Island; in particular Cape Borda lighthouse, Admirals Arch, and Remarkable Rocks.

The large national park here is called Flinders Chase, and is managed by the SA National Parks and Wildlife Service. 
Some of Kangaroo Island's roads are red dirt.

 

 

This part of Kangaroo Island experienced severe bushfires in January 2020.

Large areas of Mallee-type vegetation in Flinders Chase were devastated.  This huge area was left totally black/brown by the fires.

Regeneration is driven by both seeds already in the ground or released after the fire, along with new growth from old root-stock.

In the foreground, Mallee Eucalypts are regenerating from root-stock. The thin white trunks are dead, and will eventually fall to the ground.

 

A century ago, the Cape Borda lighthouse was a welcome sight for passengers on ships crossing from Perth to Adelaide. 

As is the case with many other Australian lighthouses, the light has been automated, and the lighthouse keepers' accommodation has been converted to up-market tourist accommodation.

 

 

 

At Admirals Arch, limestone overlies basalt.

Salt-laden winds and spray sweep through the Arch almost constantly. I suppose this explains the jagged shape of the stalactites.

There are two seals in the above image.

 

 

Australian Sea Lion:  Neophoca cinerea

Australian Fur Seal:   Arctocephalus pusillus

New Zealand Fur Seal or Long-nosed Fur Seal:  Arctocephalus forsteri 

 

Of these seals, the population of Australian Sea Lion is the one in trouble. The population is declining, 
partly due to accidental or deliberate kills associated with the fishing industry. 
So far the South Australian government has taken little effective action to support this species.

 

The limestone sea-cliffs here are spectacular, with many caves fronting the ocean.

 

 

In the distance, Remarkable Rocks sit perched on the dome of a granite intrusion.

 

 

 

 

 

With equally spectacular clouds.

 

 

Pot-holes in the surface limestone house pretty little "micro-gardens".

 

Remarkable Rocks is full of Intriguing shapes and forms.

This is an extremely popular tourist site. We were lucky to have it to ourselves, on a cold, cloudy and windy winter afternoon. 
Unfortunately there was no sunshine, so no interesting shadows and highlights.

 

 

Sophie is riding 'the flying dolphin'.

Many rocks here seem to be miraculously suspended just above the ground, as they rest only on a few tiny points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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