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Blue and Gold

Blue and Gold

This six image panorama was taken at The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park, north of Perth by about 160 kms. It was a relatively uneventful sunset shoot, thankfully my only uneventful shoot during my few days at the park. But, for just a few moments, the clouds cooperated, and the sun painted beautiful blue and purple hues on the heavy overhead clouds. When combined with the golden color of the sand, and the stark nature of the Pinnacles, I really like this image. It is mood, soothing, and powerful all at the same time.

Located within sight of the Indian Ocean, with the roar of crashing waves perpetually in the background, the Pinnacles Desert is an otherworldly landscape. The sand is fine and similar to what one would find on a beach. The constant wind from off shore has crafted miniature waves in the sand, hardened over time by the alternating rain and sun. And the Pinnacles themselves have used the same rain to coalesce and then survive against the relentless onslaught of the elements.

This image was captured one evening during my time in Nambung. Most of the other visitors had left the park by this hour, leaving only myself and a few others to watch the sun sink behind the clouds and then into the Indian Ocean. After checking out several different potential vantage points for sunset, I choose this one given the size of the Pinnalces and the undisturbed sand. Getting the sun to set behind one of the larger pinnacles, and casting visible rays into the light blue sky, was an added bonus.

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