Monday, 5 August 2013

The other ones

Uluru must rank along side the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the most well know of Australia landmarks. But, for all my fear of having my citizenship revoked, I have to say I somewhat lesser known site is my favourite.

Now while Kata Tjuta or The Olgas are not really a secret, they do seem to have a lower public profile than Uluru.  And in many ways I actually find them more interesting.  The pathways lead between the cliffs, so that you feel as though you are inside the mountain rather than outside of it. There are surprising views and unexpected stretches of water as well.

I loved the place the first time I saw it - and return visits have not changed that opinion.

So here are some shots of Kata Tjuta.








As you can see the whole structure of Kata Tjuta is more complex that Uluru - and I loved the dark and light of these images.


This last shot is an attempt to show the size of the places in central Australia - you can see Uluru (just) reflected in the wing mirror and Kata Tjuta in the distance.  Its about a 50km trip from one to the other, but in central Australia that means they are basically next door to each other!

All of these images will look a lot better if you click on them to see a larger version.

You can find more images from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

PS: sorry about the long sequence of shots from this trip - the ankle is getting better, but I'm not really getting may photo opportunities as I limp around on one leg!!

38 comments:

Pete Shanley said...

I must agree. A visit to the Olgas adds as much to one's "Red Centre" trip as Uluru. Enjoyed the photos

Pieni Lintu said...

Looks beautiful!!

Timur said...

Amazing photos !! Great

Greetings

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Wow, amazing photos!

Arija said...

I am in complete agreement with you Stewart. There is much around Uluru, especially the water holes around the edge that speak to my heart but it is the Olgas that have captured my very soul.

Digi-Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
Beautiful pictures of a beautiful landscape with beautiful colors.
Strength with the ankle.

TexWisGirl said...

the red cliffs and desert soil reminds me of utah scenes. but those 'melted marshmallow' rocks are so unique!

Andrea said...

These are wonderful pictures for a "Gimp". You just keep moving right along even with your limp. Hope you can do so without pain soon.

I would love it if you could pronounce Tjuta and Uluru phonically so I can tell if I am pronouncing them right. These are very interesting Aborigines names I am assuming. There are so many interesting places, birds and animals in Australia ... no wonder you love it there. I am saving ... don't know if I will live long enough to save enough, but I am trying :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Karen said...

Beauty shots Stewart! I love the look of the spinifex and red earth!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I agree with you. This one I'd prefer to the more popular site.

Sylvia K said...

What a dramatically beautiful place and awesome colors! Great captures for the day, Stewart! Thanks for sharing!!

Nic van Es said...

Wat een geweldig mooie omgeving en prachtig e opnames heb je kunnen maken,wat ziet het er mooi en heel gigantisch uit.

maryaustria said...

Really a fascinating area! Great photos!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Stewart Beautiful landscape shots. Yes it is hard in a shot to get the enormity of the size of the place.

DIMI said...

Wonderful pictures Stewart!!!
Beautiful landscapes of Australia!!!
Thank you for sharing!!!
Have a lovely day!!!
Dimi...

NatureFootstep said...

first time I heard of this place. It´s a pity I think it is not as well known as Uluru. Love what I see.

Fun60 said...

I agree with you Stewart. I loved the walk to the Olgas and discovering them from close quarters. I can't tell you what a thrill I get from looking at your photos and actually recognising where you are.

Gary said...

Very attractive place. The one with the creek is my favourite!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Liz Needle said...

Another agreement here. I too love Uluru, but it is just one huge rock and there are too many people there these days. The Olgas have so much more variety and character.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful colors in the sky and the landscape. I would love to visit this place in person someday, just beautiful. I hope you ankle is healing. Have a happy week!

Noel Morata said...

I love the late afternoon light, it really makes them glow and stand out. thanks again for linking up today with Travel Photo Mondays

Jill Harrison said...

When I saw the thumbnail pic on Our World Tuesday I recognised Kata Tjuta immediately as we visited a couple of years ago. Sadly I had a sore knee at the time and could only go in a little way. Next time. I can understand why, but have restrictions on photography there and Uluru can be a little tricky.
Have a great week.

Carole M. said...

sorry to learn that you're still needing to take it easy on that foot of yours Stewart; better days ahead. Love the scenes you've shared today; I should try to get there myself some day, it won't go away... Love the colours and I agree, nature over masses of steel will always win me over too

Kusum Sanu said...

Wow! Great pics of a great place! Would love to visit some day!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

What a great country! Wonderful pictures ...makes me want to visit!

Jay said...

Wow .. those pictures are stunningly beautiful. I've never been to Australia (lived in NZ for a while, but my husband was working and I had two very young children) but I think I'd like to go.

However, my husband encountered insects and spiders in Australia on a three-day business trip that put him off a return visit!

Christian Perrin said...

Amazing photos! Your love for the place shows through, and that last shot using the mirror with Uluru is very creative!

Babs Helferich said...

amazing photos!

Ruth Kelly said...

Australia has always been on my list of places to visit. Nice photos!

ladyfi said...

Love these rich colours!

EG CameraGirl said...

The landscape is very photogenic!

Phil said...

I'm pleased you introduced us to Kata Tjuta Stewart. I'll bet it gets overlooked when Uluru is close by and better known. It looks just as stunning, and as you say perhaps more interesting in its variations.

Marcia Mayne said...

I doubt I've heard of The Olgas but I have heard of Uluru. Thanks for the intro and the stunning photos. It's definitely worth visiting.

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Marisol@TravelingSolemates said...

Hi Stewart,
I have heard of Uluru (who hasn't?) but not The Olgas. Just seeing the photos, I have to agree with you that the complex structure of The Olgas makes it more interesting. Beautiful photography.

CountryMouse said...

Oh WOW! The Olgas are on my to see list. What an amazing country this is. I love your photos and the colours of the 'outback'. You are making me miss those colours.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful blues and reds...great contrast.
Take care of that leg...don't rush things.

amanda | wildly simple said...

I'm captivated ALMOST as much by the names as I am by the scenery. :)
Enchanted part of the world you live in, Stewart!

Pat Tillett said...

They might be lesser known, but they are equally beautiful! Very nice photos Stewart...