Not far from the small Western Australian town of Cervantes is one of the world’s most unusual deserts. Jutting out of the ever shifting sand dunes are limestone pinnacles, formed from the remains of ancient seashells, swept inland over time.
I had arrived in the Nambung National Park, home of the Pinnacles, as the sun was highest in the sky. I’d heard that the time to explore the eerie desert landscape was with a rising or setting sun, so I wandered down to the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean to swim and escape the heat.
As the sun began to sink down to the horizon, I trekked back into the heart of the Pinnacles. Photographers, tourists, and limestone rock enthusiasts congregated to watch the golden light of the setting sun cascade over the alien landscape.