April Free Desktop Image – From the Land Down Under

Uluru: Australia's Ayer's Rock

All images © Sarah Cross/Sarabek Images

Uluru Kata Tjuta, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large rock formation that is located in central Australia, in the Northern Territory. Uluru National Park is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta, 400 km southwest of Alice Springs. It is the second largest monolith in the world (after Mount August, also in Australia) taller than 318 meters and circumference of 8 km with a depth of approximately 2.5 kilometers into the ground. (about 1.5 miles)

It is considered to possess great power by the Australian Indigenous and pretty much any who visit. I found it to be an especially magical place during my adventure down unda. It is worthy of the bucket list.

When I was twenty years old, I took a leap to travel down under inspired by a National Geographic photo of Uluru. There I studied Aboriginal Cultural at Southern Cross Uni in the sweet little hippy town of Lismore, home of the Rainbow Serpent. And a rainforest filled with koalas, very vocal fruit bats, kookaburras and magpies that would fly into our flat.

During the six months on the southern hemisphere, I traveled like it was my job taking advantage of being a twenty year old across the world from my parents and most other things deemed ‘normal’. I explored cities through pubcrawls and Aussie Rules games, slept on calm beaches and beneath park benches on mountains in the rain, and went for a few ‘walkabouts’ into the Outback with Aboriginal Elders. I cooked and ate kangaroo tail soup caught by friends that day and cut my own didgeridoo from the tree…I know…I’m bragging. But…it was pretty sweet. I’m not a huge fan of my twenties…BUT…twenty was good.

And then…my camera broke. A girl I coined ‘Bossy Boston Toni’, had accidently kicked sand on my Canon AE1 camera (film!) a few days into our two-week voyage to The Rock. After months of shooting everything that moved and interesting things that didn’t, I was forced into a shooting sabbatical in the one place I was most excited about photographing…Central Australia.

Of course, as I do, made the best of it enjoying the sunsets and sunrises in a land that so rich with red. It was a lesson as an early photographer to know when to put down the camera. Of course, having no choice made that easy. So just enjoy!

Yet somehow, Uluru must have known, watching the changing expressions of my group of traveling friends as we watched her lightshow at dusk from brown to orange to a deep dark red against an endless sky.

I decided to try to try my camera one more time.

And it worked. As if Uluru was saying Ta-Daaa!!!! Magic.

Enjoy this month’s free shot!

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