|First look - view from the plane|
What we did get to witness was the changing colours of Uluru. The rock itself is actually grey, but because of the high iron content (much like in Prince Edward Island) the surface layer oxidizes and the rock takes on a reddish hue. As the sun lowers, the surface reflects the light in such a way that the colour deepens. After the ride, we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine and some local snacks back at the camel farm and headed back to our hotel for an early night. Predawn was calling.
|Ron gearing up for the camel ride|
|Petey, our noble steed|
|So strangely green|
|Shadows are lengthening|
|Looks like a fake back drop, right?|
|But we were really there!|
|Coming to the end of the day|
|Nearly a full moon|
|The deep purple of last light|
The next morning we took the shuttle to Uluru to watch the sun rise and then hike around the base. (I'm starting to think that Ron secretly delights in making me get up early - which goes completely against my nature.)The sunrise was a bit of a gong show with huge tour buses dropping off scads of tourists that flocked to the viewing deck for the break of day.
|This is the opposite side from the day before|
Once the sun was up, almost everyone loaded back up onto their buses and headed to points unknown. We hopped back on the shuttle to go to the base and did the almost 10km hike. I'm glad we didn't do it in the afternoon, as the flies started coming out as we were wrapping up and although they don't bite, they're irksome; getting into you ears, eyes, nose etc. There are several sections of the rock that are sacred to the Anagnu people and signs have been placed requesting that you not take photos, which we respected, even though some of the rock face was stunning and it was hard not to sneak a picture.
|The rocks in the middle left are Kata Tjuta|
|Close up of the surface|
|The guardian of the Anagnu people|
Before long it was time to head back to the resort town and get ready to fly back to Sydney. We regretted not staying an extra night so we could take in the little known, but stunning Kata Tjuta; a rock formation 40kms from Uluru and worthy of equal attention.
Our zoom did the best it could, but I don't think the photos do Kata Tjuta justice. If we'd had more time we would have gone there and also checked out Valley of the Winds (don't you love that name?)
It was well worth the whirlwind visit and we left satisfied. Next post? The amazing Blue Mountains and then Sydney. You've almost made it, we only have a few more weeks and then back to the usual stuff.