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Most serious photographers like to capture the Pinnacles near Cevantes in Western Australia,, at sunrise or sunset. Whilst this is a spectacular way to present the striking pillars, I wanted to capture them in the mid day sun.

Shooting in the harsh light I decided to use a polarising filter to bring out the clear dark blue sky and further increase the contrast between the limestone pillars and the surrounding landscape. This image is a typical view that visitors to the park will see surrounding them. The number and scale of the Pinnacles has to be seen to be believed.

Titled “Spiky Vista” to describe the pointed limestone pinnacles dotting the ground like spikes.

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.