Ayers Rock in Central Australia
OIn 1976, our trip to Australia for the first Great White Shark Expedition took us by air to Coober Pedy and Ayers Rock known in Australia as Uluru.
Both Ayers Rock and the nearby Olgas Range are sacred to the region’s Aboriginal peoples. Sandstone intrusions into an otherwise flat landscape, they are reminiscent of the amazing sandstone formations in the Southwestern states of the U.S. Both were formed by deposition in ancient seas followed by millennia of erosion to reach their current state. The harder materials end up towering above the softer as both are worn down over eons.
For visitors, the photographic attraction of Ayers Rock consists of the many moods of colors and textures as the Sun moves across the sky.
On the other hand, I will never forget meeting the Australian National Bird (the fly) in countless numbers as we walked toward the formation. As we hurried along the path, the person ahead of me pulled his shirt up over his head to protect it, leaving his back—oh, never mind.
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