Wave Rock, Hyden, Western Australia

Wave Rock, Hyden, Western Australia

Wave Rock is one of the many amazing rock formations found in Western Australia. It is situated near the small town of Hyden, about 350km east of Perth. Wave Rock stands 15m high, 100m long and looks like a tall wave just about to break. This unusual shape has been greatly highlighted by vertical streaks of algae which grow on the surface of the “wave” as dark black stains which change to brown during the dry season. The shape of the wave is formed by gradual erosion of the softer rock beneath the upper edge, over many centuries.

Also, in the Wave Rock Area are other unusual rocky outcrops such as Hippos Yawn, The Humps, Camel Peaks, King Rocks. These are the largest and most well known and are but a few of hundreds that are scattered around this central wheat belt area.

This photo is actually the perfect example of why you need to shoot people in landscape photos sometimes – just to get depth and scale.

Spent a couple of hours waiting for blue sky without any luck but as soon as I had packed all photo gear into my car clouds started clearing away. I run to the rock and was able to made a few shots with the blue sky. Few minutes later clouds covered the sky again.

Wave Rock, Hyden – Official site
Wave Rock on Google Maps

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  • Carsten - July 10, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    This is a fantastic view. You are right – without the person we wouldnt be able to get a feeling of the size.
    Thanks for communicating this interesting information.

  • John - July 11, 2009 - 12:13 am

    Really wanted to go there when I was in W.A. but never made it, so much to see and do and so little time.

    Still, a good reason to go back….

  • Beau - July 13, 2009 - 3:28 pm

    A great example of using a figure to create a sense of scale, here. Good work with the exposure, also. Is this a blend of two seperate frames? Sorry about the lack of comments. I’ve been away and no longer have an internet connection at home. Once I get that sorted out I’ll be going back through your archives to check out all the posts I missed :)

  • Ilya Genkin - July 13, 2009 - 9:47 pm

    Thanks a lot, Carsten! You are welcome!

  • Ilya Genkin - July 13, 2009 - 9:49 pm

    John, I can understand you. WA is so big and has so many great places to visit. Now I want to go back and visit North-West part. :-)

  • Ilya Genkin - July 13, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    Beau, no problem, mate! I was busy as well. :-) No, it’s actually one image. I know that clouds look a little bit unnatural with that angle. I think it’s just because they are too close. There were really heavy and low clouds that cleared for just a couple of minutes. My wife (she is on the image) was quite unhappy because she had to run to the rock with me – I needed a person for scale. :-)

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