Monthly Archives: March 2012

another close-up on Uluru

DSC 6042a another close up on Uluru

aren’t ‘her’ shapes beautifully soft and gentle?!

Oodnadatta Track

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So similar and yet so different….

I keep coming back to him…her…

….the beautiful rock. Uluru. Ayes Rock. Don’t ask me why but to me it feels like a ‘She’.

DSC 6114 I keep coming back to him...her...

Us at Wilpena Pound campground…in Flinders Range National Park

DSC 6904 Us at Wilpena Pound campground...in Flinders Range National Park

Stunning spot! Beautiful, special, beautiful! Hardly anyone there….a few kangaroos joined us for drinks and dinner but other than that pretty quiet. FANTASTIC!!! We loved it.

Coober Pedy Boot Hill Cemetery

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I spent one afternoon in Coober Pedy in the underground churches (as posted earlier) and the main cemetery which is on the fringe of the city. It’s called Boot Hill cemetery and I was somewhat touched by it. It is surrounded by opal mines and wind turbines. An almost surreal look and feel. However, the cemetery felt alive and full of stories. Headstones with names from all over the world…one can see that the rush for opal drew people from all parts of the world. I noted lots of European names…from Germany, Croatia etc etc. Not only names are displayed on the headstones, some tell little stories. Most of them are decorated with dry flower arrangements, some have chairs or benches by them which gives one the impression they are visited regularly. I saw the quirkiest headstones ever. Over time, I will post a few more impressions from my visit to this place – I think it touched me as, even though it is deserted and in the middle of the Australian desert, it felt friendly, alive and somewhat cheerful. If that makes any sense.

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Dawn at Uluru

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…awhh

Fred Williams and ‘Living waters’

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I know…what about the promise ‘one photo a day’….was away sorry but probably went unnoticed icon smile Fred Williams and Living waters

ANYWAY, let’s continue. I have to tell you about Fred Williams. The last two days of our trip went to Melbourne and I spent half a day at the National Gallery Victoria…For their 150th anniversary, the NGV presented contemporary indigenous art of the far Western Australian desert. I spent three hours in this exhibition. Fascinating, very moving and stimulating. Really really beautiful.

And then I was lucky to catch an exhibition of Fred Williams’ work called ‘Infinite Horizons’. This exhibition includes Williams’ ‘Pilbara Series’. A series of paintings he did between 1979 and 1981 in the Pilbara Ranges. I absolutely fell in love with those paintings. A little abstract and a fascinating and different way of looking at the Australian desert. Stunning. I learned ‘The Pilbara Series’ was the last major series painted by Williams before his death in 1982. The exhibition is on until July 12, ‘Living Waters’ until the end of the year…should you be in Melbourne – you HAVE to go.

Of course, the photos don’t do the paintings any justice but I want to include them for an idea…

 

Uluru – Mutitjulu Waterhole

DSC 6090 Uluru   Mutitjulu Waterhole

 

Ha – how about this for a change!?? The ‘weather bomb’ at Muriwai beach….

DSC 9060 Ha   how about this for a change!?? The weather bomb at Muriwai beach....

Did you hear about it…the weather bomb (yes, that’s how it was called!) over the North Island of New Zealand? Yep, crazy weather upon New Zealand last weekend…my dad got in from Sydney 35 minutes early pushed by a jetstream at times flying at over 1000 km/h!! We went out to Muriwai beach on the day of the storm – to one of NZ largest gannet colonies -  and got absolutely drenched. It was awesome…the gannets had the times of their lives lifting up and down with the winds – dad wanting to take off with them!!

DSC 9008 Ha   how about this for a change!?? The weather bomb at Muriwai beach....

Looking at Uluru…

DSC 6072a Looking at Uluru...

will come back to Coober Pedy…but back up north to the centre

DSC 6172 will come back to Coober Pedy...but back up north to the centre

have never seen the outback this green…beautiful. Stunning contrast to the red rocks and soil.

and this is what you find behind the door…

DSC 6428 and this is what you find behind the door...DSC 6424 and this is what you find behind the door...

in the underground catholic church in Coober Pedy.

Yep…still in the desert!

DSC 6442 Yep...still in the desert!

I tell you tomorrow what this is about…any ideas?