The Pilbara is a region of North West Australia. At 507,896km2 in size, the region is more than twice the size of the United Kingdom yet only has a population of 40,000 people. The area is well known for its high density of many natural resources such as iron ore, natural gas, blue asbestos and salt. Most of the population works with these resources in some capacity. The Pilbara also has some wonderful scenery and protected areas such as Karijini NP, Cape Range NP, Mill Chichester NP and Ningaloo Marine Park are all notable for this.
This shot was taken in the late afternoon near the gold mining town of Marble Bar. The eucalypt, spinifex grass and haematite (iron ore) rich hills makes it a very typical Pilbara scene. The haematite gives the hills a deep red colour and is found in such high density that knocking two rocks together produces a metallic clang rather than a stony thud.