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2017年7月4日 星期二

Wave Power (浪能)

After a foretaste of the inventiveness and immensity of Nature's sculpture near to the fishing port of Cape Shen O (深澳岬) our car sped along the highway to our second point of interest. 

 

After parking at a passing place, we had to go down a path, crossed the highway by following a stony path passing under tiny bridge to reach the seaside.



A view of the mountains before we passed under the the bridge. It was so green that for a moment, I thought it was a merely trick of my eyes.


Once we reached the seaside, my eyes were caught by this  dough-like boulder kneaded by the hands of Nature

 

The weathered notice explaining how such boulders were formed .


Two doughs joined together


Another weather beaten notice explaining how the honey-comb structures on the sandstones were formed and why they are colored as they do.

 

It was obvious the different rock formations were once part of the same geological layer.


The path leading to the viewing pavilion.


Heads of birds or lizards?


Finally down to sea level.


More of the kind of features we saw earlier that morning.


Two heads of transposed Egyptian sphinxes?



some of the rocks stretching out far out into the sea

 

It was a beautiful day. The sky was not entirely blank.


The clouds are beautiful


It was pretty hot though because there wasn't much breeze.


But it's worth the heat.



On the left of the viewing pavilion, one finds huge stretches of almost flat sandstones reaching far into sea.


The inclination of the rocks and their layerings are remarkably similar, differing only in the hardness of their texture, something which explains their multifarious shapes


The clouds too, seem to follow the contours of the mountain valley

 

The coast was guarded by these two huge stone pillars.


The latest layers haven't changed color yet.


the weaker areas are gouged into tiny feet-like mini-pools by surface rainwater.

 

some of the rock face have peeled off: turning the it into some kind of cream covered cake sprinkled with chocolate flakes.


The boulder looks a bit like cat with a crocodile on its back

 

The water was very clean



The fault lines carve the surface into creamy fields


Rock surface has been smoothed out by the never ending action of sea  waves for millions of years, through countless battering of huge billows during typhoons?.



Wherever the sea has receded, tiny algae grow on the rock surface, turning them yellow 


A Buddha seems to guard the mountain, his head turned skyward.

 

jagged clouds above, jagged rocks below


One end of a half squashed croissant sticking out from the ground


The sky seems sprinkled with a smattering of ice crystals


a first trial cream cake by an apprentice chef


A bear crawling up the beach


Now I know what's a "cross" or "false bedding".


It seems that the translator needs a little brushing up on his skill. Perhaps he shouldn't rely too heavily on "google translate" about the "peculiar stone" and the "weathered train"


A most extraordinary looking stone pillar.


Could that be the remains of a pre-historic tree?


walruses with or without heads?


 Marks of how water used to flow


My final look at the rocks at Nanya (南雅)


On the way to feed.


view from a car window 


To accommodate a Buddhist tour driver, sometimes it's necessary to endure some really nasty "vegetarian" food from a restaurant accustomed to preparing only meat dishes. Perhaps the Buddha thinks I need some work on my "tolerance"?