Karratha, inland from the central Pilbara coast, is a sprawling town hemmed in by reddened outback flats. Yet on closer inspection the red gives way to the subdued greens of Spinifex, the pink and hazy blue of miniature wildflowers and the lavender grey of seeded shrubs and bracken.
The furthermost reaches of the Pilbara, extending from Newman to the interior border of Western Australia, occupy true desert country. This image, of a svelte ghost gum common to the region, was taken in Rudall River National Park. This is Martu country, the loosely collective name for the Indigenous custodians of this region, whose communities are sprinkled throughout what is extremely isolated terrain.