Topic: Stacks - The Point
The Point separates the Three Sisters beach from the Four Brothers beach. There is one rock stack associated with it that I call the HOLE IN THE ROCK. It is located on the Three Sisters beach side of the Point and is close to the main cliff promontory. The actual ‘hole’ which is more of an arch, is located at the seaward end of the rock stack.
8.7.2001 PHO2007-158, 167
This was my first visit to Tongaporutu. The project hadn’t yet started so there are no written diary entries, just the date the photos were taken. I took a couple of images. PHO2007-167 is a location shot. It shows the Hole in the Rock with White Cliffs and Mt Egmont in the background. PHO2007-158 shows the Hole in the Rock (not visible in either of these two angles) and Mt Egmont.
Although this image primarily focusses on Elephant Rock, it does also show the Hole in the Rock in the background.
This photo mirrors the one above, except that the weather is better. It also shows as do the other images, an elephant like trunk forming at the landward end of the Hole in the Rock rock stack.
The photo shows the narrow channel (from the landward side,) that separates the Point proper from the Hole in the Rock.
There had been a recent full cliff face collapse on the Three Sisters beach side of the Point. The photo shows this, plus the Hole in the Rock.
The weather was quite volatile and access past the Point had to be timed between wave surges. The photo here shows the seaward end of the Hole in the Rock. The hole or arch is partially visible.
This shows the Three Sisters beach side of the Point with the Hole in the Rock. The cliff collapse debris has virtually gone.
26.12.2003 PHO2008-477, 1170
It was very windy and a substantial sea was running. At the Point, the waves were surging around the Hole in the Rock. I took two images, one showing the rock at ebb flow and the other with a wave surge. This was to show the distance covered.
1.8.2004 PHO2008-1323-1324, 1327
Several photos show the Point and the Hole in the Rock. Importantly, the ‘hole’ is clearly shown.
A superb day with a 0.2 m low tide due at 4.15 pm. Good beach cover coupled with calm seas meant that I could get a good image showing The Point from the Three Sisters beach side with the Hole in the Rock. The actual hole is at the extreme southern end of the rock stack and as such is not visible in many of the photos. This viewpoint from the Three Sisters beach shows the Four Brothers beach and White Cliffs in the background.
An ALPHA STORM began on Sunday and continued through to Monday 19th. The barometer dropped to the lowest I have ever seen – 964 hPa. It was the full moon and with it came a king tide of 3.9 metres due at 10.31 am. A huge sea was running. Down on the beach at low tide – low tide of 0.1m occurred at 4.37 pm. Due to storm conditions though the froth laden wave tongues surged right up to the cliff making for dangerous photography. I stood on a rock platform close to Elephant Rock and took an image of the Point and the Hole in the Rock. From this angle it looked like a smaller version of Elephant Rock, especially how the shadow falls. Froth was climbing part way up the Hole in the Rock. White Cliffs is visible in the background.
Due to the very low 0.0m tide, I was able to get to seaward for quite some distance from the Point. The Hole in the Rock is to the right of the photo.
The Hole in the Rock is shown here, along with White Cliffs and Mt Egmont in the background.
A wet day, not ideal for photography, but I managed to get some images. This one shows the gap between the Point on the right, and part of the Hole in the Rock rock stack on the left. (The Three Sisters Beach side of the Point).
CLIFF SEQUENCING. There was high overhead cloud and the beach was nicely built up. Some sun would have been good, but at least diffused light enhanced rock and cliff detail. The photo I have taken here clearly shows the ‘hole’ in the Hole in the Rock rock stack. The angle of view has obscured the hole in most of the other images.
This photo of the Hole in the Rock looks north towards Elephant Rock on the Three Sisters Beach. Dull conditions weren’t very inspiring for photography.
Since separating the information out into sections, some observational omissions have become apparent. One is that I don’t appear to have much in the way of showing the gap between the Hole in the Rock and the Point, particularly from the seaward side. Also, I haven’t really paid much attention to how the actual hole in the Hole in the Rock is evolving over time. Part of the problem is because I am wanting to quickly access the Four Brothers Beach, while another problem is because it is often a dangerous place to pass, so my attention is diverted elsewhere.
Today, there was a very low 0.1m tide and the beach was well built up with sand, so I was able to get out on the seaward side for some distance. I took several images showing the Hole in the Rock and the gap, plus a closer view of the actual hole. THhe hole does appear to have enlarged when compared to earlier images. Unfortunately, I can’t date when chunks have come off.
Sand was well built up between the Hole in the Rock and the Point. The hole definitely appears to be enlarged. The arch on the seaward side of the hole is looking quite fragile and thinner. It could be destroyed this coming winter.
(Digital camera). The outer arm of the arch on the Hole in the Rock is being undermined by the shattering of rock immediately above it. Due to this and thinning, it is looking increasingly fragile. I observed a similar thing at the arch located at Twin Creeks prior to it being destroyed.
The Hole in the Rock appears to have little changed since I last observed it.