Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage

This week’s photo challenge is about sharing a photo of something which says “heritage” which can be from one’s own country  or culture. What I have chosen is not so much a “heritage” but something which is uniquely Zimbabwean.  ” The Balancing rocks” as they are always referred to. The  balancing rocks have become  major monuments in Zimbabwe.

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The “Balancing Rocks” are geomorphological  features of igneous rocks found in many parts of Zimbabwe, and are particularly noteworthy in Matopos National Park and near the township of Epworth to the south east of Harare. The formations are of natural occurrence in a perfectly balanced state without other support. The formations were created when ancient granite intrusions were exposed to weathering as softer rocks around eroded. They are also known as “rock kopjes”, they are seen in the form of huge angular blocks of granite “piled on top of and beside one another, forming pillars and stacks, like a child’s building blocks.

Their popularity grew when the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe featured the formations on the last series of Zimbabwean bank notes.

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6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage

    • Hi Leslie, thank you as always for visiting . Growing up and seeing these balancing rocks and sometimes climbed on some of them as a teenager have always wondered how they hold up. The rocks are a beautiful sight to see.
      I missed you all during the long absence due to health issues I am feeling better now. I will be posting regularly.

      • I’m glad to hear you are better and look forward to your posts.
        The huge rocks are amazing. Have they been there since you can remember?
        Leslie

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