Glass House Mountains: Coonowrin

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Comments (18)

bdeh on June 9, 2010

Very nice picture of a remarkable mountain Ian. Nice series of the Glass house mountains with very nice names (Aboriginal I suppose). Greetings Berend

Szymon K. on June 10, 2010

Very originally mountain :)

Greetings, Szymon.

gezginruh on June 14, 2010

Very nice! GGR

©IR Stehbens on June 24, 2010

Hi Berend, GGR and Szymon,

This is one of the plugs of a large volcano that stood here in Tertiary times. The basaltic surfaces of the flanks of the shield volcano are still evident, for they form eroded plateau as in the background of this photo.

But the central areas have been eroded away leaving about 14 obvious plugs which collectively are called Glass House Mountains. Their individual names are derived from the local aboriginal language.


Enzo Molino on June 25, 2010

Very impressive place. Great picture.

Amelia Royan on June 29, 2010

Your written explanations are always so interesting Ian. So I have now read the explanation of the 'Glasshouse Mountains'.

I have only ever visited one country where there are volcanoes, either extinct or extant, and that is Scotland ... Edinburgh. What a sheltered and insular life I have led!

Warm greetings, Amelia

©IR Stehbens on July 6, 2010

Greetings Enzo. Thanks for your appreciative comment.


©IR Stehbens on July 6, 2010

Dear Amelia,

Thanks once again for your lovely feedback, and encouragement. Perhaps I should add that your compatriot called these volcanic peaks, Glass House Mountains for they reminded him of the glass houses, that is the bottle kilns of the potteries. I am not sure where he was thinking of especially but I better understood the similarity when I visited Staffordshire's Potteries. Dear Staffy. But I had to larn ta tok rait n Staffysher.O bonk!_

Amelia Royan on July 6, 2010

Yes I see that now Ian! Having lived in Staffordshire for all of 3 years, I learned to say, "Cost thee kick a bow agin a wow til it bosses then fow dyne jed?"

"Can you kick a ball against a wall until it bursts, then fall down dead?"

They still make some nice pottery there

©IR Stehbens on July 6, 2010

Laik Sid Kirkam sart, ta thee?

©IR Stehbens on July 7, 2010

Dear Amelia,

How I wish I was able to locate a little book that I acquired when in Stoke (in 1978). "Arfur Towk Rait n Staffysher" I think it was called. It was both a puzzle and an education at the same time, as well a comedy of local depreciation though I felt the laugh was really on me, the outsider!

It ensured that the memories of The Potteries stayed vivid, over the years since.

Ian (arrived home this morning)

©IR Stehbens on July 7, 2010

Greetings, Edward,

Thanks. Glad you have enjoyed some images from my album. Warm regards from Brisbane.


Amelia Royan on July 7, 2010

Good morning dear Ian,

Regarding: Arfur Tow Crate in Staffy Cher, by Alan Povey and Andy Ridler, with Drawings by Don Turner, I notice that a second version of this book is on sale with Amazon UK.

Welcome back to Brisbane and the approach of the southern hemisphere spring :)


©IR Stehbens on July 7, 2010

Thanks very much, Amelia for the correction to the title. After 32 years, I have impressed myself with remembering the title as well as I have. I know the book had me mystified from one page to the next for quite a while, then when it occurred what was meant the laughter reached deep down to my boots!

I gave a copy of it to my mother for her father was born in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. She never understood it, but has kept the copy in her treasures.

It is much colder in Brisbane than in Medan! And I think the warmth of Spring is a few weeks away yet. But by then we will be in Tonga, again for another stint.


Conquilha on July 20, 2010

Impressive seems porno...loooool.


©IR Stehbens on August 13, 2010

The aboriginal legends that we are told talk of a young man who did not come to the aid of his pregnant mother (another differently shaped mountain nearby). Or, it is a volcanic plug, I understand. I guess I'll leave it at that, Conquilha.


ƤōƝƓ-not going to Vi… on July 17, 2011

WOW! Amazing and intriguing formation.

Golden ☆ + LIKEd

©IR Stehbens on July 23, 2011

Dear Ah-Pong,

You have inverted yourself!! Is that because you are preparing to fulfil your dream of visiting New Zealand?

I am pleased that you like this image of one of our local volcanic plugs. Thanks for the awards. The common name for Coonowrin is Crookneck.


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