Tree and Rock_Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park_Central Australia
Here’s a detail of a tree at Uluru in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Central Australia. This is a truly wonderful place to both photograph the natural environment and gain an understanding of local indigenous culture and mythology. But, with so much to see and do, its worthwhile allowing 5 days or more to explore both Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) some 50 km away. Keen photographers will want to visit both locations at sunrise and sunset. The walk around the rock (Uluru) after a sunrise shoot is well worthwhile, as is the magnificent Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta. Just outside the park the tourist settlement at Yulara offers a range of accommodation, dining and shopping options for visitors.
Lots of visitors like to climb Uluru. For many the climb is a major part of what has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for many Australians over recent decades. The traditional owners request that visits refrain from making the climb. I’ve visited the rock on three occasions and have respected this request. As this is a culturally sensitive area I’m also careful to follow the guidelines as to what should and should not be photographed.
I would advise any visitors to the park to spend a little time researching these guidelines and visit the information centre as soon as possible after arrival. This will help provide a better understanding of the importance of these natural icons in the mythology of traditional owners and the value of the park to all Australians. A more enlightened view may well result in the production of more sensitive and evocative images.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography