Uluru (Ayers Rock): Photo Essay

Taken at sunrise
Uluru or Ayers Rock is a sacred mountain located in the Northern Territory of Australia. This iconic symbol of Australia is part of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a protected area and a World Heritage site.

I joined the many visitors that come to photograph this natural phenomenon at sunrise, sunset and in-between. Standing in front of the monolithic rock and taking a photo of its changing color at sunset and sunrise made me understand why the local Anangu people consider it a sacred place.  The rock undergoes dramatic color changes - to flaming red behind the sunrise, bluish and purple at mid-day and orange at sunset.

Aside from photographing this natural beauty I walked the base which measures about 5 kilometers.  Both natural and cultural points of interest are well-marked. We see rock arts, carvings and paintings, cave used as a school room, kitchen.  We ended the walk at the watering hole.  Photography is not allowed at certain areas.  The local people believe that the area is the home of their ancestors and very sacred to them.  
#1.  The rock is purplish-blue in the evening of our arrival.
In the evening of our arrival
#2. Before Sunrise
Before Sunrise
#3.  At Sunrise
At Sunrise
#4. Before Sunset
Before Sunset
#5. Flaming red at Sunset

The rock is flaming red at sunset
#6 Aerial View
An aerial photo taken mid-afternoon


We started our base walk here

One of the caves used as a kitchen
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