In this image taken at the Pinnacles Desert near Cevantes in Western Australia, I wanted to frame an old piece of wood that was laying on the ground at the base of some tall pinnacles. Given that the vegetation that grew on the stabilised dune system many thousands of years is what contributed to the solidification of the limestone as it protected the dune system from eroding prematurely and not allowing enough time for the pillars to fully harden, it felt fitting to correlate the two.
Once again using a polarising filter to bring out the colour in the blue sky and control the glare somewhat, I wanted to emphasise the height of the limestone pillars and the piece of dead wood provided a reference point.
Titled “Dead Wood” to reflect the piece of dead wood in the foreground to provide some perspective to the image.
The Pinnacles desert is a major tourist attraction within the Nambung National Park east of Cervantes in the Central West of Western Australia. Being only approximately 2 hour’s drive from Perth it receives up to 250,000 visitors per year, and as a result is a very heavily photographed area. It contains thousands of limestone pinnacles, some up to 5m high. Formed many thousands of years ago through the act of rain falling on stabilised sand dunes. This then leached down through the sand carrying calcium which resulted in the lower levels of the dunes solidifying into limestone. Vegetation grew in the soils on top of the dune system which help stabilise them for longer and allowed the limestone pillars below to harden further. Eventually the vegetation died and the dunes de stabilised and were blown away revealing the Pinnacles which remained.