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Old Jan 2, 2011, 5:07 AM   #1
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in September when i played host to a couple from the USA, i took them to Wave rock near Hyden ( I mistakenly thought they wanted to go oooppps )
Wave rock is a small part of Hyden rock (we have a lot out East) and is about a hundred metre long rock wave and has become a tourist attraction
its about 3.5 hours south east of Perth through the wheatbelt, it took us 6 hours, we took the scenic route
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the wave


the view from the top (lots of wheatfields)


some vegetation on the rock


the road around the rock


sunrise from the top, more rocks in the distance


a close up of the wave


and i couldnt not take them the extra 50ks to the edge of civilsation
the next town is over 250ks down a red gravel track
this is what used to be the rabbit proof fence (no one told the rabbits though) not a good photo but the only one i took
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Old Jan 2, 2011, 8:34 AM   #2
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Too bad it wasn't me - I would have loved to see your Wave. Interesting rock formation. And I love the sunrise picture. The last one reminds me of pictures/movies I've seen where you get the heat shimmer off of the desert when they look so desolate and hot. Only problem is that while the road looks desolate enough, the area around it is way too green.
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I would have gone with you. That's quite interesting. I really like the sunrise shot and the closeup of the wave.

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Awesome photos, John!
Really enjoyed them.
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I also would have very happily joined you on that delightful tour! Very nice photos.
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Fascinating formation--does indeed look like a giant wave! Nice omposition on that last one (the long and dusty road) as well!

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Fascinating photos of some fascinating geology! Great colors!
Any idea of what caused this formation?
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thanks for all the comments guys
my guest were happy to go to Wave rock and really enjoyed themselves (its getting there that boring, but we stopped a few time to look at things, like flowers and lizards)
we saw the sunset from the rock and rise again the next morning, in hind site we should of stayed another night
Jelpee the long and dusty road isnt a road, its just the maintenance track for the fence, you cant drive down it, the fence is still used to keep emus and dingos about of the agricultural areas
to the right though is the gravel track to Norseman, 250ks away, we didnt drive that though
the colours are a mixture of chemical and lichen reacting with water i believe
the shape is due to erosion , although i recall telling my kids it was dinosaurs rubbed against it
if you look at the top of the wave in the first photo you can see a small grey wall
this catches run off from the rock and diverts it to the town dam, the wall just about encompasses the top of Hyden rock

if ever anyone visits Perth there are day tours to Hyden, it may be a better way to get there rather than drive for 3-4 hours
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