Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mutitjula Waterhole


Just to the left of the large tree on the left is a gouge in Uluru. This leads down to Mutitjula waterhole. Farther around to the left is this missing bite from Uluru where it seems like a dandy place to take shelter. This combined with the water mad this corner a well used place to live during the season when Aboriginals were in residence.


The shapes and colors of this place are amazing.


Shooting in between branches of a tree gives this composition.


Finally, we reach the waterhole. Water drips down from the top of Uluru to help form this clear pool of water. And much to our surprise, we find a yellow whipsnake


This is mildly poisonous snake that lives here in this pool.


We also shared the pool with this little fellow. As near as we can tell, this is a Scarlet Arrow Dragonfly. He certainly is red.


On the way back to the ute, we stopped to admire this view of the great stone through these white barked trees.


It was near noon when we arrived and it was pretty warmish here. Even at the cool water of the waterhole, it was still hot.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sunrise at Kata Tjuta


We awoke with the stars still shining brightly overhead. At this time of day and in this season, Orion was about a third of the way up in the sky. We put on yesterday's clothes, grabbed some yogurt and hit the road. In about 50 minutes, we reached the sunrise lookout for Kata Tjuta. This is a metal platform getting us up above the surrounding vegetation.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Uluru



Uluru. It is a majestic place. It feels more visiting Notre Dame or perhaps I should compare it to the temple at Karnak. Something ancient, built to an alien design, imposing, and serene.

After visiting the culture center, we gained a tiny glimpse of what this enormous rock means to the people who have lived here, in this place, for perhaps 22,000 years.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Leaving Western Australia


After Warburton, we had intended to stop for the night in Warakurna but we had two reasons for not doing so.

First, we had a real outback experience in Warburton. Even though there were lights on in the campground all night and the facility was surrounded by a fence with a locked gate and razor wire around the top everywhere, three kids climbed the fence and robbed us. We failed to lock the ute and they got into it and took some money (~$20-$30 or so). Elizabeth awoke to a person starring in the tent and when he called out, they all ran away. We were shaken but safe. No serious damage done. However, this make us a bit skiddish concerning another night on this section of the road.

Secondly, we found that we needed only a couple hours to get to Warakurna, so we kept going. On this, the third day on the unsealed road, we travelled on to Yulara in the Northern Territory. We again found camels.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Animals on the Road


On the Great Central Road between Tjukayirla and Warburton, we met a couple interesting friends. One is the Mulga or King Brown Snake. It is the second longest poisonous snake in Australia (second only to the Coastal Taipan).

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Tjukayirla Roadhouse


Our first night on the Great Central Road we stay in the campground at the Tjukayirla Roadhouse. Except for us, it was empty. Completely. We took a spot under a canopy so we could have some shade. Near our campsite was a hose along which the ants were traveling.