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The Pinnacles @ Nambung National Park…

by on Jun.05, 2016, under Life, Photography

The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park are the major natural attraction in the Coral Coast region of Cervantes and Jurien Bay. The park is located roughly 200 kilometres north of Perth and covers an area of 17,487 hectares.

These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as five metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.



NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 31 mm, 1/30 sec at f/16, ISO 100

It was a grey and bleak day we were here. It was raining lightly most of the time and the skies gave you nothing. This place needs early morning or late afternoon light and the play of shadows across the landscape.

Having had my dreams of star filled skies over these amazing limestone pinnacles crushed, I wasn’t really in the mood to shoot. I think I just went through the motions but I knew the conditions just weren’t up to what I was hoping for.

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm, 1/400 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

It’s actually a very interesting place and quite unexpected when you’re just driving through the scrubby countryside to get here. I’d actually thought before I was here that there was only going to be a small number of large pillars in a sandy desert location. I was very surprised when we arrived just how many there were and just how vast the area was. I was expecting to see sand dunes without any vegetation but what we got was miles and miles of sand and scrub and tens of thousands of these limestone pinnacles of various sizes.

Golden Road

Golden Road

NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/50 sec at f/11, ISO 100

There’s a predefined “road” for the cars to follow as it snakes it’s way for 5km in a loop through this part of the park. There’s small parking spots as you go along so you can stop and get out and walk around to view the pillars. The cars however can’t leave the marked route.



NIKON D750 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 29 mm, 1/30 sec at f/16, ISO 100

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