Under a Wheat Belt Sky south of Beacon.

An early morning shoot in the flooded salt lakes south of Beacon shows the Milky Way in shades of violet and indigo.
Image Credit: Kylie Gee / Indigo Storm Photography
The Milky Way rises over flooded salt lakes near Beacon, Western Australia.
This week’s AG Reader Photo was taken by Kylie Gee south of Beacon, Western Australia.
“This is an image I captured at 2.24am on Saturday, 21 March 2015 during a New Moon phase over the salt lakes south of Beacon in the north-eastern central wheatbelt of Western Australia,” says Kylie.
“We have amazing skies out here and none more so than during a time when there is no Moon – it’s really extraordinary how clear and bright the Milky Way is.
I had passed these salt lakes several times and thought they would look fantastic with the Milky Way rising so waited until the Moon phase was right, set my alarm and headed out. I was not disappointed – it was simply stunning.
Read on via Under the wheat belt sky – Australian Geographic

Lakeside Galaxy – Benjamin Ewens.

Image Credit: Photograph by Benjamin Ewens · · From Snapped: Water
Whilst the wife and child slept in the car I was out shooting this amazing scene.
The skies stayed perfectly clear and with no wind I was like a kid in a candy store running around looking for compositions to frame the beautiful milky way core!
Please enjoy!
via ABC OPEN: Lakeside Galaxy || From Project: Snapped: Water.

Lightning and stars a perfect combination.

Lightning and stars a perfect combination
Image Credit: Photograph by Penney Hayley · · From Stargazing
As I watch this electrical storm move around Lake Kununurra in Western Australia I realized that the stars were also visible.
Personally I believe Ii’s a great combination.
Kununurra has sky is unpolluted and as I was shooting away from the town, light pollution wasn’t an issue either.
What I hadn’t thought about was the local crocodile population that live here and on my way down to the waters edge at a fairly quick pace without any lights, I was face to tail with a fresh water crocodile so after my heart stopped racing I set up on a tripod and commenced taking some long exposure shots and this is my favorite.
Source: ABC OPEN: Lightning and stars a perfect combination || From Project: Stargazing

The Pinnacles.

The Pinnacles in Western Australia provide a landscape like nowhere else.
The area contains thousands of weathered limestone pillars.
Some of the tallest pinnacles reach heights of up to 3.5m above the yellow sand base.
The different types of formations include ones which are much taller than they are wide and resemble columns—suggesting the name of Pinnacles—while others are only a meter or so in height and width resembling short tombstones.
A cross-bedding structure can be observed in many pinnacles where the angle of deposited sand changed suddenly due to changes in prevailing winds during formation of the limestone beds.
Pinnacles with tops similar to mushrooms are created when the calcrete capping is harder than the limestone layer below it.
The relatively softer lower layers weather and erode at a faster rate than the top layer leaving behind more material at the top of the pinnacle. via Wikipedia.
Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor Ali and Romain
Source: The Pinnacles – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Karawina Drive Duckmaloi

by Wendy Anne Hawkes · · From Snapped: My town
Located near Oberon, Duckmaloi was once a thriving community nestled in a little valley next to the Duckmaloi River.
Now there are just 14 properties (so the power company tells me when the power goes out).
But for such a tiny place it is crammed with beauty.
From the old relics of the village down near the river to the sun on the ridges, every space is a tiny art work.
This is Karawina Drive and a trick of the light often turns it into an oil painting in the mornings.
via ABC OPEN: Life in an oil painting || From Project: Snapped: My town.