Monday, 29 July 2013

Two Views

[The continuing adventures of me and my family in central Australia]

Driving away from Kings Canyon with some good memories and a very sore ankle (thats when I did it) took us towards one of Australia's  best know landmarks - Uluru - or Ayers Rock as it was called by the white explorers who thought that they had discovered it.  They seemed not to notice that it already had a name, and had had one for may 45,000 years!

However, there is a trap awaiting the unwary.  Well before Uluru can bee seen another flat topped landmark pops into view - its called Attila or Artilla or even Mount Conner.  If you have never seen these kinds of landforms before I can see why they may confuse people.  And to be honest, they only reason I was not fooled the first time I saw it was because I knew it was there.  You can only gain access to Mount Conner of organised tours - so we just had to look from the road.  I have to say its an impressive looking place.





After a bit more driving you arrive at Uluru - and the views from the road it don't really do justice.  As this is supposed to be my "photo-blog" I wont say much more about this remarkable location, except that if you get the chance you should go there.  This was my third visit and the impact was no less than the first time I saw it.




You can find more pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday and Travel Photo Monday.

23 comments:

Timur said...

Wonderful landscape !!

Digi-Irma said...

Hello Stewart,
Awesome scenery.
Well photographed!

Nic van Es said...

Prachtig dit is wel een hele bijzonder mooie ervaring.

Andrea said...

Great pictures, Stewart. The first one with the grasses against the red soil is stunning ... as for Atilla, is there an explanation for it? It is indeed unique and probaby, when you are standing close, very impressive. We have a state full of those kinds of formations, caused mostly by erosion ... the question is, erosion of what? What was it like a million years ago ... I would love to know. See you tomorrow, Stewart :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Stewart Very impressive shots and wonderful scenery. Good job done.

TexWisGirl said...

that is really cool!

Sylvia K said...

Lovely place! The big red rock reminds me of the ones in Arizona! Great shots for the day as always, Stewart!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I never knew of Atilla before reading it here. I always wanted to visit the better known rock formation but now know I never will. Hope you show more.

Fun60 said...

It certainly is impressive.

DIMI said...

Hallo Stewart!!Hope you're getting better!!!Great shots!!The Attila is known all over the world!!!I'll loved to visit it one day!!
Have a lovely day!!
Dimi...

Karen said...

I never tire of this spiritual place. Uluru, named by the Anangu, no real meaning, just a sacred name. I am so glad the official name was changed to "Uluru / Ayers Rock" from Ayers Rock / Uluru in 1993. I have been there 4 times. The second shot is a beaut! You didn't climb it did you Stewart?

Muza-chan said...

Great pictures :)

Carole M. said...

loving the panoramas Stewart

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Gorgeous scenery! I'd love to visit one day.

Phil said...

Such a dramatic place Stewart I would love to see it but probably won't now. Never mind, in a slighly different vein I have seen the Taj Mahal and have always thought that Uluru might equal that.

Carver said...

Stunning landscapes.

DeniseinVA said...

Beautiful photos Stewart, the last shot of a place I have always had on my list of things to see. Maybe one day. I was so sorry to hear about your ankle. I can sympathize fully because I have sprained mine many times over the years. The last one was worse than any others, so do be careful as they have a tendency to repeat themselves at unexpected moments :(

Huldra said...

So beautiful! Australia is one of my "want to go" places :)

Marisol@TravelingSolemates said...

Beatiful images. I'd love to see Uluru someday. It seems to emit such a great energy even through the photo.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Amazing landscape. I'm always amazed by seeing that red red soil.

Small City Scenes said...

Truly amazing. I really would like to see it in person. MB

Marcia Mayne said...

I have Uluru on my list. Such rugged beauty.
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Pat Tillett said...

Great photos Stewart! Even better when enlarged...
One day, I will see this amazing sight in person. I don't know when, or how, but I will.