on Sellicks Beach

After dropping off an Edgeland’s catalogue to The Arts Centre at Port Noarlunga I drove to Port Willunga to photograph the cliffs I’d scoped a few days earlier. It was pouring with rain so I drove onto Sellicks Beach and waited in the car for the rain to pass. We then walked the beach whilst I scoped the sandstone base of some of the cliffs bordering the beach.

Maleko, Sellicks Beach
Maleko, Sellicks Beach

We walked to the end of the sandstone cliffs but the rain returned about halfway back. As we’d walked past the caves at the base of the cliffs that would have provided us with some shelter from the rain, we were in the open on the beach and got wet. Once again there were 4 wheel drives whizzing up and down the beach and parking is allowed on the sand.  

sandstone rock
sandstone rock

It’s an interesting coastal environment to explore as it is the southern end of the metropolitan coast and it is where the Mount Lofty Ranges meet the sea of the Gulf St Vincent.   The cliffs are geologically interesting as they contain exposures of Pleistocene and Pliocene sediments.The  mud coming onto the beach after the rain indicates that much of the sediment and coarse gravel entering the  beach environment is a consequence of coastal erosion of the alluvial fan sediments.

I was photographically interested in  both the pebbles (coarse gravel) on the shore and the shapes of the sandstone cliffs.

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