Saturday, October 23, 2010

desert awakening

a tree at Uluru

thankyou for all your supportive comments about my camel ride.. I thought I was being a 'baby' with my fear.. but it seems a few of you felt the same.. we are all brave girls !]

Wednesday, our day started at 5am - to see the desert awaken.. sunrise was around 6.15am.

a short four wheel drive to the desert,to our own private sand-dune. away from the multitude of tourists..a small group of 10

a short walk to our camp & a cup of tea when we arrived, with various pastries.. cooking in a pit alongside was a damper for after sunrise.

Kata Tjuta drew my soul towards it. this to me is a spiritual place. a place of belonging.

star gazing as the sun rose behind Uluru and the domes of Kata Tjuta. then a bacon and egg roll and more tea if we wished.

damper and cocky's joy [otherwise known as golden syrup] - this took me back to my childhood .. it was a favourite of mine.

wandering silently in the desert. In total awe of the quietness and just being able to only the birds and insects was like pure heaven. no traffic, no modern day noise. even our fellow tourists were quiet. a stillness had come over us all.. we talked in hushed voices. not wanting to disturb the purity of it all.

the Red Centre is lush right now ~ they have had rain every month & and according to the local botanist who has been living in the area for over 15yrs. there are flowers that are blooming that he had never seen..

I wanted to drown in the honey perfume of the desert heath myrtle

from my journal:
as I stood looking out over the early morning desert, two native bees did a dance around the native desert mulga flowers.. their buzzing piercing the stillness & quietness. the air was so cool and still. standing on top of the red sand dune looking at the sunrise over Kata Tjuta, the bird and insect sounds on the silence of early morning in the desert, silence which has been like this forever, untouched by the progress of humanity. this is what life should be like.

if you click on the photos, you can see them in a bigger scale

NEXT: our walk with the Indigenous people...


amelia said...

Miss Robyn you are very eloquent!! You take a person with you on your journey. I wish I had your gift.

I feel this way where I live in the forest. Dead quiet and only the birds for sound, sometimes the wind. Today the snow!!

gemma said...

Dearest Robyn I am so glad you were in touch with the desert. It's a spiritual place,alive with many intricate details even though it looks barren. I absolutely love your photos.

james said...

JULIE said:

The photograph of the tree at Uluru caught my breath. The entire scene is so beautiful.

Kathryn said...

Indeed all of this is very sacred. The land knows your feet and feels you heartbeat within. awesome!

Leanne said...

just magical Robyn! an ancient place, an ancient spirit, what a wonderful experience to be having!

Leanne x

Ruth said...

magical...and I have been out in the wilds too. I'll put some pictures up on my blog soon.

Fire Byrd said...

What a fantastic place. How lucky you have been to see this sacred area and to have had it feed your soul.

Winterwood said...

I can just imagine that silence... and the scent of the myrtle.... wonderful!

Janet said...

This looks like such a wonderful place to visit. I can almost smell those flowers, and hear the bees buzzing around them. Definitely a place to get in touch with yourself and with Mother Nature.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a great experience! I'm sure the bees were there especially to welcome you, sister seeker!

"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)