Cobalt Skies and Figures in Stone

The Pinnacles limestone formations are most often viewed under a belting bright cobalt sky! So it was on our trip up north to Nambung National Park, 200 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia.

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Figures in Stone Pinnacles WA, debiriley.com

Haunting and almost biblical in its story telling, this arrangement is completely nature made.

 

Every visitor to the park will see something different and unique, even though the formations are of course the same.  My family’s photos all were radically different, with each of us being drawn to a specific light or angle the others weren’t.

Just based on that, I think it would be a fantastic opportunity to take artists and photographers just to explore and develop their creative and imaginative sides.

 

These formations were created by limestone that came from ancient seashells 25-30,000 years ago.

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Limestone Elephant, Pinnacles, debiriley.com

Many weird and slightly off putting forms emerge from the land, some like ghost spectres haunting the desert sands. Other shapes less haunting also appear, with lions and elephants and such,  populating the park.

Rising Stones, Pinnacles, debiriley.com
Rising Stones, Pinnacles debiriley.com

 

Tombstones, pointing fingers and hands seem to rise from the ground, with a creepy macabre ‘art installation’ kind of vibe.

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Giant’s Finger in Stone, Pinnacles, debiriley.com
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Totems

The ‘gallery’ is set under the most brilliant of cobalt skies, a perfect place for a wild untamed exhibition of nature’s own stone creations.

By the way,  its a ‘drive through.’   There are areas to pull over and photograph, the road is sand and does a nice short loop about 15 minutes or so.

It only took us longer (much much longer) due to happy snapper here.

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11 comments

  1. Hard to believe they are entirely natural…. Your first image is stunning, and I would agree it looks like a biblical scene. Now I want to get to Australia!

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    • much appreciation Sue! it was a case of walking, and walking, until … I found just the right angle 🙂 and You would have a ball over here taking 1000’s photos. you might develop RSI….. LOL When our SIL visited, thinking it was long enough to ‘do’ Australia. not so, the scenery variations are amazing and so diverse.

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  2. Hi Debi, From your pictures it is almost as if Monument Valley meets Easter Island in WA. I would like to check out The Pinnacles someday, too. Best wishes, Leslie

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  3. Leslie, that is a brilliant comparison! love it. Its funny, when we first arrived I was so under enthused!! Mid day, harsh light, it just didn’t wow me – until I got out and began to explore close up. Then I began to really get into the spirit of the place, finding some odd/weird angles to shoot from to come up with these. I would suggest going either quite early in the morning light, or better still to catch the late afternoon light and the sunset. Lesson learned. 🙂

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  4. Thank you for sharing your photos. Always wanted to visit this haunting place and went 3years ago and loved it – A wave of nostalgia. Youre so fortunate to live in the West – Kimberely, Pilbara such ancient rock – oldest on the planet.

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    • the landscape colours are indeed vibrant & so gorgeous, they look ‘unreal.’ I just love them! not as fond of very long summers@ 40 c 🙂

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  5. It’s great to see these images. When I was there back in ’86 there was a storm approaching and the golden sand and stones were very dramatic against the dark dark sky!

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