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An immense storm cloud hangs motionlessly above one of outback Australia's salt lakes.

For over an hour I sat and watched the storm changing colours in the late afternoon sunlight. With its majestic curtains of rain suspended beneath, the cloud changed slowly from yellow to orange to gold and finally, in the last dying moments of the sun, a brilliant crimson. For a few seconds it seemed as though the light was coming not from the west, but from within the cloud itself.

And it all that time, neither cloud, nor rain nor anything in that grand scene made the slightest movement. It was like gazing out upon a giant oil painting.

That afternoon was the pinnacle of all my travels into those forgotten landscapes. I have never been anywhere so stunningly beautiful, nor so desperately lonely.

(The image quality is a little poor due to having been scanned from a matte print).

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