MAGNIFICENT!!! It’s almost hard to believe these unique rock structures are right here in our own country…
There was something so exhilarating about photographing these incredible rock formations. Perched on top of a hill in the Eyre Peninsular & surrounded by wheat fields, they dominate the silent landscape around them. Murphy’s Haystacks are ancient “inselbergs", wind-worn boulders of pink granite estimated to be over 1,500 million years old & formed by erosion (and were once kilometres beneath the earths surface). We’d been dying to shoot here for years so we first made our way down the road to meet the land owner, Dennis, & heard first hand how the name actually came about.
Named after his Grandfather Dennis Murphy over a century ago, the local mail coach while passing the farm daily made the comment “the farmer must have harrowed his land to produce such an impressive abundance of hay”. Thereafter, the mail coach driver amused his passengers by referring to the distant structures s as ‘Murphys Haystacks’.
Located 40km from Streaky Bay, we drove here every day for almost a week & late one afternoon as rain clouds approached from the west, the horizon let through this amazing display of light! We’d seen many different mazing colours while shooting here but we’ve never seen colours like this before! There was something so special about this remote location & this particular sky represented that...
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