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My third tour in central Oz was a day trip to King’s Canyon, about 3 hours away from Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

on the canyon rim next to a eucalyptus tree

It was an overcast and slightly drizzly day, which made for perfect hiking weather as I didn’t have to worry about burning or becoming dehydrated in the desert sun.  The scenery was consequently a little more sedate given the cloud cover.  I was still surrounded by brilliant burnt reds and browns of the canyon’s rocks and domes and earth.  I still marveled at the sage greenery and noted how very lime-colored the spinifex grasses can be at times.  The difference was that the sky replaced it’s bright blueness with a steely blanket of clouds.  While the color combination wasn’t as brilliant, it was still beautiful.

And, I was once again struck by the vastness of the area.  The canyon was overwhelming from so many different views:  on the canyon rim looking into the deep chasms,

on a lookout point surveying the surrounding outback for miles and miles,

or descending to a watering hole and craning up at the umber walls surrounding me.

It was all so magnificent.

On the drive back to Ayers Rock Resort we stopped at another look out point to see Mount Connor (a third gigantic rock formation in the area)  and one of Australia’s salt lakes, Lake Amadeus.   The tour guide let me collect a little red sand from a dune along our roadside stop as a memento of the scenic landscape in Australia’s Red Center.  Stunning.

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My second tour in Australia’s Red Centre was a sunrise tour of Uluru (Aboriginal name) or Ayers Rock (white name).   The colors were better than the previous night’s sunset, with the dawning sun gradually brightening and turning the rock formation brighter and brighter orange as the day progressed.  When the sun was up enough to cast shadows you could make out more of the ripples and crevices in the rock.

My tour included two trail hikes led by a guide who explained some Anangu culture, which is the Aboriginal tribe in the area around Uluru.  It was interesting to hear some of their creation myths and how they both taught morals and explained features of the rock formations.

I loved, loved, LOVED the colors here.  The burnt browns and oxidized reds of the earth, the various greens and sages of the trees and bushes, and  the clear vast blue of the sky combine to form a glorious trio of colors that brilliantly complement one another.  I couldn’t stop photographing the landscape.

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