Ayers Rock, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory – Australia
Deep in the heart of Australia’s beautiful Northern Territory sits the stately sandstone formation, Uluru. Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is incredibly sacred to the indigenous Aboriginal peoples of Australia – the absolute heart of the country and a symbol of everything that’s iconic about Northern Territory – and it’s not hard to see why.
The graceful curve of Uluru’s stately, sun-drenched back is truly a majestic sight to behold, especially at the height of summer. In fact, the awe-inspiring rise of Uluru’s warm, dusty sandstone has a primal way of tugging at your psyche and compelling you to climb on it – something that’s already frowned upon, but soon to be completely illegal. Uluru is nothing if not an Australian icon that deserves to be treated with the care, respect, and reverence due any natural wonder.
Red Centre was taken late in the afternoon during a recent summer. The sun was blinding and the stifling Australian heat seemed to have a mind of its own as its intensity scorched and baked the sprawling countryside before me as it stretched all the way out to Uluru itself. The parched grass and earth gave off a heady aroma that wasn’t unlike the smell of bread baking – a scent that was undeniably hot, but also nourishing and reminiscent of coming home to a sanctuary of sorts. All was quiet except for the drone of thousands of flies, lazy with the heat.
Uluru punctuated the view, looking as mysterious and as wise as ever. The warmth of the deep red sandstone formed a beautiful contrast with the cloud-studded cerulean of the sky. Hot sunlight flowed lovingly over Uluru’s sides like honey, making it look very much like a real heart – alive, vital, and essential. In just a few hours, the sun would set, its last rays kissing the sandstone good night and making it glow in the process.
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