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.
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.
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