Thursday, October 15, 2009

RAIN ON ULURU

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After five hours on a bus to Adelaide in teaming rain, followed by 25 hours on the Ghan I finally made it to Alice Springs the day before my 50Th birthday. We spent two nights in Alice Springs before driving in the heat to Uluru. Arriving early evening we decided to set up our tent, get some food and just relax. About 6am the next morning we woke to thunder and lightning, a storm in the desert is a rare event. Uluru would have to be the most photographed rock in Australia, one of the most popular destinations for overseas tourists. We were so lucky to be there in the rain as water flows from the rock forming spectacular water falls. Gerard and I decided to walk the 9km around Uluru. Taking our time to watch natures wonders. If I had not left home in teaming rain I would not have packed a rain coat, it would be considered the last thing that you would need in the desert. About half way through our walk the weather completely changed and it became dark like it was going to pour with more rain. Within minutes the storm completely passed over, out came the sun and we ended up wind burned by the time that we had walked all the way around Uluru. You can see the storm and change of weather in the slide show. I took so many photo's it was difficult to chose which ones to put here.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Feel like getting into my car and taking off to the Big Rock too. City life sometimes gets too much. Got inspired by the textures in your slides. Would look good as silk on wool in felting.

lyn said...

What a fantastic birthday journey, Deb! Happy, happy birthday, I am so glad you did such a wonderful thing to celebrate it. It is just the kind of thing I would love, too! My 50 is coming next year & I hope to be in the Grand Canyon for it.

Here is a little positive food for thought to celebrate your special day:

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.
Agatha Christie

Debbie Herd said...

Hi Anonymous? You best hurry if you are thinking of heading up to Uluru as it about to get very hot! The area is an artist's paradise, and yes you could do some beautiful work in felt. Debbie.

Debbie Herd said...

Hi Lyn, thanks for your birthday wishes. I had a wonderful time, you will have to come to Australia! The quote from Agatha Christie is very true, I think that I have been reflecting on how I would like to spend the next 10 years at least. I have spent so long concentrating on just tapestry in recent years I am now so looking forward to finishing my Diploma and working in other areas that I was perusing before. Debbie.

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