Mt Elephant

Prompt:  iPhoneography challenge – nature (click on the link to read more of Sally’;s challenge and see her beautiful image for this week)

I took these mobile phone photos of the oddly shaped and curiously named, Mt Elephant, on a recent road trip.

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Mt Elephant is the core of long extinct volcano and is one of the largest scoria cones in the world. It rises abruptly out of flat, desolate, wind scoured plain.  Pre white settlement it was a major meeting place for aboriginal tribes in the area but these days it is privately owned and inaccessible.    I manipulated the contrast and exposure in my photos to convey something of the odd, haunted feeling of the place.

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The walls surrounding the area are dry stone walls built by the early settlers.

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14 thoughts on “Mt Elephant

  1. Hi,
    Mount Elephant is a great place, you say that “these days it is privately owned and inaccessible”, this is incorrect, it’s owned by the local community and is open to the public every Sunday 1 to 4 pm or in the week by arrangement, pick up key at Derrinallum garage.
    For more info about the Mount see: http://mountelephant.weebly.com

    1. That’s a good point. I’ll see if I can find that challenge – maybe I have more images that will fit. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

    1. That’s a very good observation. The land does retain a memory of the aboriginal people I’m sure – sometimes it seems their spirit still lives on in these abandoned places. There is talk of opening Mt Elephant up to the public – I hope they do.

    1. It’s weird isn’t it. I don’t usually process images in this way but the strange reflection like shapes made me post them. I’m glad you like it.

  2. I love the shape of the cone; your composition (especially the grass in the foreground); and the introduction to the possibility of a Victorian Volcanoes excursion. Another inspiration. I’m just back from my first phoneography excursion on the beach.

    1. So glad to have inspired the thought of a visit to this part of Oz – it is strange country yet oddly powerful. I liked you phoneography – perhaps you could link your image to Sally’s blog – she’s very friendly and offers some really interesting and useful photographic advice.

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