A Family RTW Travel Adventure (2008-2009)
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First Encounter


Other travelers had told me about the strange force at work at Uluru, a mystical, magical power.

Who am I to argue?

On our first evening at the Ayers Rock Resort, we hiked a short distance to an observation platform to see “The Rock” at sunset.

Instead, we were treated to a fantastical light show, the likes of which I had never seen.

In front of us, Uluru turned shades of purple as the sun set to the west.


Behind us, a near full moon rose in the evening sky.


To our right, the sun dipped below the horizon while the clouds took on a magical form and color.


To our left, a distant lightening storm raged.


And how to explain this cloud, apparently lit from above, though the sun was below the horizon in the west?



1 Itinerant Londoner { 01.07.09 at 6:40 am }

Wow. Those are quite beautiful photos, it sounds like quite a magical experience.

2 Doug Spiro { 01.07.09 at 8:36 am }

Your pictures are so beautiful. If you saw all of that by simply turning around I can’t imagine what you will see today !

As I sit at my desk on a dark , rainy and cold morning in DC you have once again made my day !!!

3 Wendy { 01.07.09 at 12:06 pm }

Love the lightning one! What a great catch!

4 Warren McBride { 01.08.09 at 10:34 am }

Those 5 photos alone are encouragement enough to make me go to Uluru tomorrow ! ! Spectacular sights, spectacular photography ! !

5 Lauren Hammer { 01.08.09 at 3:04 pm }

Stunning! What an experience.

Thank you for sharing this blog. It’s great to see what you are up to this year. Fantastic adventures…

6 Jonathan Mahoney { 01.08.09 at 3:36 pm }

Amazing shots. 🙂

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