I am standing among sharp protruding marbles, columns of limestones that have formed around 300,000 years old, still young in Geo-science years, off the coast in the Indian Ocean.. It is like being somewhere outer space, a land where aliens dwell. I turn to see a group of humanity posing and taking pictures out of a tour bus and feel a little better that I am still on earth.
I have driven three hours from Perth to view the pinnacles. The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park in Western Australia feels rather eerie, for it is almost like a graveyard, with nameless headstones planted unevenly across 17,487 hectares.
The four kilometer circuit around the block of desert weaves through the Pinnacles from short and stout to long and edgy and is especially eerie at the edge of the region, away from the crowds at the entrance and being the only soul among the tomb stone like phenomenon.
Of course, there are other ways many would see these rather odd natural statues, as I find out when walking back toward the exit, passing a group of posing men. It seems the male specimens of our species have a rather optimistic view of their anatomy, and they can’t help it when nature plays on their ego too.
Written by Amy McPherson
Based in Sydney, Australia, Amy is a writer stuck in the corporate world. A Business Analyst by profession, she works her life around travelling and has managed to squeeze in postgraduate studies in writing somewhere in between. Amy met her husband in 2006 while working on a community development project in Peru, and the travel-holic pair celebrated their love by getting married in Vanuatu in 2010. Amy keeps a blog on various travel topics at www.footprintsandmemories.com