Tabba Rocks

We went for a lovely sunset drive along the access road from Port Hedland and came across these beautiful rock formations.

Karratha, Dampier and Millstream-Chichester national park

I live in Karratha and work in inspections in the oil industry. Below are some images of Karratha, Dampier and Millstream-Chichester national park. Hope you enjoy them,

Scott James.

Fieldwork at Onslow salt mine and Mundabullangana Station

From Rachel Binks, PhD candidate in Marine Biology and Zoology (UWA)

Here’s some photos from some of the fieldwork I’ve done in the Pilbara. The first three photos were taken in the Onlsow salt mine during my Honours fieldwork – we were investigating the invasion of buffel grass from farmland into the natural spinifex grasslands of the Pilbara and how it affects the invertebrate community structure.

Huge termite mounds - Onslow salt mine

The ground at midday. 54 degrees = dry, hot and crispy!

Sunset over one of the huge salt lakes.

The rest of the photos are from a flatback turtle tagging trip I volunteered on. We stayed at Mundabullangana Station which is maybe 50ish km south of Port Hedland. Most people think of the Pilbara and think desert, but there’s an amazing coastline up there!

Coastline at Mundabullangana

Female flatback turtles returning to the water after laying their eggs and being tagged

Female flatback turtles returning to the water after laying their eggs and being tagged

These sanddunes are like mountains and relatively untouched! The wind forms these amazing patterns in the sand.

Mangroves, ie. trees that grow in the ocean = pretty much the coolest form of plantlife ever.

Hatchling turtles!

Mundabullangana Station

Mundabullangana Station

The Pilbara Project Teaser

The Pilbara Project from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

Well here it is. A post at last. In my defense editing video is a longer process than editing one still image at a time. Those stills guys, Tony, Les, Christian, and Peter have it easy.

It was a real honor to be involved with “The Pilbara Project” and many thanks go to FORM for giving me the opportunity to hang out with some amazing photographers and not just the professional ones. It was also great to see the graduates of the previous photographic courses enjoying the experience of shooting with the pros and not being intimidated by their experience.

This clip though short took a lot of time to produce and I am already seeing ways I could of done it better but it’s just a taste of what is to come. I have hours of footage and audio to sort through and hope to add to the project in future visits to the Pilbara with my new mates Les, Tony, Peter x2, Carolyn, Linda, Jane, Faye, Judith, Nicole, and Simon. Christian didn’t get a mention because he’s my brother not my mate (too long sharing the same room hehe!!) but I must say that he is instrumental in all of us being here and for that reason I think we all cant thank him enough.

Cheers for now guys……

Mike Fletcher

Amazing Thunderstorm

Photo by Peter Eastway

It was pretty hot yesterday. On the road it was definitely 50C due to the heat radiated by the back bitumen, but possibly the official temperature was closer to 43C or 44C. Either way it was hot and in the mid afternoon, I was quite comfortable, cocooned in our 4WD with the air conditioning on full blast.

As we drove towards the Marble Bar turnoff from Pardoo Station, we watched a wet season thunderstorm grow and develop. The road seemed to be skirting around the edge of the weather cell and in the distance we could see some willy-willies forming – small tornados of red dust climbing into the dark sky above. As photographers, it was more than we could resist.

We found a side road that lead to a slightly raised vantage point above the Pilbara plain. Thunder rolled ominously as we walked around the flanks of a small hill in the stifling heat, but heat was the furthest thing from our mind as we watched Nature unfurl the most remarkable display I can remember. Lightning ripped through the cloud mass, starting spot fires on the grassy plain, and the willy-willies merged into a minor dust storm, picking up red earth in its path. It felt like we were on the edge of a huge amphitheatre.

They say that travelling in the North West during the wet season isn’t necessarily a good idea because of the heat and the wet, but after our experience today, that little gem of advice has been relegated to the dust bin. Simply amazing!

Peter Eastway

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