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Pinnacles - Nambung

Pinnacles - Nambung
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-19
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 17-35 2.8L
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-23 11:35
Viewed: 4977
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pinnacles is contained within Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes, Western Australia. Contrary to popular terminology, the Pinnacles should not be called "the Pinnacles desert". The Pinnacles are limestone formations. The raw material for the limestone of the Pinnacles came from seashells in an earlier epoch rich in marine life. These shells were broken down into lime rich sands which were carried inland to form high mobile dunes. The Pinnacles were formed from lime leaching from the sand and by rain cementing the lower levels of the dune into a soft limestone. Vegetation forms an acidic layer of soil and humus. A hard cap of calcrete develops above the softer limestone. Cracks in the calcrete are exploited by plant roots. The softer limestone continues to dissolve. Quartz sand fills the channels that form. Vegetation dies and winds blow away the sand covering the eroded limestone, thus revealing the Pinnacles.

The base material for the limestone came from sea shells which were broken-down into lime-rich sand. This sand was then blown inland by natural wind pattens, forming high sand dunes. Rain caused the lime to seep to the bottom of the dunes, where it stuck together and formed limestone. Small plants began growing on top of the dunes, protecting the dunes from being blown away again by the wind. This also helped to create an acidic layer of soil over the top of the dune, which further contributed to the leaching of the lime from the soil. A layer of calcrete formed over the soft limestone under the dunes. Small cracks in this hard layer allowed plants to send down deeper roots, which had the side-effect of allowing water to flow in also, gradually eroding the soft limestone beneath. This was replaced by quartz sand from the dune above. This continued until only columns of limestone that sat protected from the encroaching water remained. These columns were exposed when the vegetation on top of the dune died, allowing the wind to blow away the dune and sand between from between them.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-23 11:47]

Hi James. Once again a sight i am unlikely to see so thanks for posting. You have captured a good compostion with good colours. very good colours .and notes TFS.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-23 11:52]

Fantastic place!
Wonderful landscape, amazing colors, perfect exposure.

Hi James
Great geological phenomen. Good exposure great colors beautiful sky. I like it very much Best wishes

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-02-23 12:46]

Hi James!

They look incredible, as made by human hands, like fingers pointing to the sky. Together with the very interesting notes, this picture is a very valuable posting.

Kind regards


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-23 12:52]

Bonjour James
Trčs belle composition, une magnifique place, excellente gestion des couleurs, contraste et profondeur de champ, félicitations
Amicalement Robi

Hey James,
Clarity, contrast, color, depth... all absolutely perfect. Good symmetry between the earth and the sky. Excellent composition.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-23 13:06]

Hi James,
It's interesting and beautiful. I liked the light, colors and the composition. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-23 13:36]

Hi James.
I guess it is wonderful to walk and admire those Pinnacles. wonderful photo here James, and the note is very very interesting.
Excellent focus in all the frame.
Your friend

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-23 14:03]

Hi James

Another very interesting and unique post for us here!
An excellent geology lesson presented with a terrific picture and a complete and elaborate note.
The limestone formations are indeed fascinating and make great subjects for shooting - contrasting in color with the sand but also making a great 3D mosaic.
Very good exposure here as well as spot-on DOF.
Nicely done!

Bravo and TFS

Hi James,
Awesome and rare view, i´ve never imagined such kind of formations. You "only" has made with it a excellent image, with strong light and colours

I thank you and my wife thanks you. It has been a few days since your last geologic post and she/I enjoy them immensely! they give us a reason to stay up late and talk...which is a nice break from pic taking, computers and watching Public Broadcasting:-)

hello james,
interesting structures, looks like made by humans, liked the colours and the composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello James,
Thank you for the much informative notes regards this Pinnacles and very useful for the knowledge we gain!
the exposure and focus is great with perfect sharpness, wonderful colouration and details
thank you once again

Hi James!

A sight i am unlikely to see, wonderful landscap with good pov and natural colours.

Regards Gert

Hi James!
This time I am only marking :)

Hello James,

A wonderful landscape capture friend! with nice colors, sharpnes, superb composition. Also the note is great!
TFS and Regards,


Hi James
Stunning landscape and nice composition

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-24 3:26]

Excellent high-contrast image of this desert scene.
Very interesting note about these limeston pillars. If you hadn't have said so I would have thought these were termite mounds from all the Australian films with them in :-)
Superb composition using a diagonal line of Pinnacles to draw the viewer into the photo.
Sharp and crisp.
Very nice, saturated colours.
Well done James,


You have given a perfect insight into the formation of these columns through your usual erudite note, James.
The picture is very well taken with fine contrasts. The yellow sand and blue sky have a soothing effect on the eyes.
TFS and regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-24 4:39]

Hello James,
These remind me of Termite nests on the Atherton Tableland! Fascinating to read your note about these ancient limestone formations. Excellent capture in fine light and beautiful colours. A very fine composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi James,
Interesting landscape. Nature at its best. The image is well composed and was taken with sharp focus and perfect exposure. TFS this wonderful image.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-24 8:18]

Hi James,

A fascinating scene and notes. I have never seen anything like this. Good details of the pinnacles - what a sight they. Amazing colors. I keep thinking how barren this would be if not for them.


Great formations!
Wonderful composition.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-25 8:00]

Hello James, very well done with that great composition. The light is beautiful and the colors are stunning! Great job! Thanks!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-25 11:28]

Hi James

Amazing rock formations. This looks like an amazing place. Excellent exposure in such bright light.



Hello James,
I know and hear many thing about Australia, Aborogins and their holy red rock. but I have not hear about Pinnacles in Nambung. I learn firstly from your notes and post. Thanks.
These special limestones were taken with great composed and POV. focus and presentation with informative also very nice. TFS, well done dear friend

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-02-27 15:21]

Hello James,

Wow! What an interesting and original work! Colors are wonderful mixing this ochre and this nice blue sky... It is incredible what shells can do!!! Il looks like an old civilization lived there thousands years ago...

Great job and TFS!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-02 2:08]

Hi James, an another perfect landcape capture with superb composition, excellent details and sharpnes. TFS. Regards,

Hi James,
Great capture of this beautifully coloured landscape, nice colors and composition. TFS.
Regards, Bahadır

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-26 0:37]

Hello James,
beautiful scene! great work,
clarity and details are fantastic, I like this combination of yellow and blue color of sand and sky,

great, saw it 2 months ago, TFS Ori

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