Leaving our populated coastline and flying inland for hours reminds me of what a vast country we live in. From the air the land has a sense of sparseness with barely-there vegetation. However once on the ground, it is clear how much biodiversity exists in this landscape - not to mention the sheer magic of desert colours. The ghostly white spinifex against the ochre of the earth and the blue, blue sky. I managed to get my lovely mum up at 4.am so we could capture the sunrise ! Despite the temperature being a very chilly 8 degrees she loved it .. (Make time to visit Kata Tjuta and put Kings Canyon on the list)
“Once the focus is away from the climb, there is going to be more focus on the culture and the environment and that is what this park is world-listed for.” Tijiangu Thomas
The closing of the climb was a powerful message. It is not only sacred places that need to be protected from the many feet that now travel the world; living landscapes like old growth forests and cultural places across the world should be respected and protected for future generations…
There was something spiritual and moving about the landscape, words cannot explain it - but like many moments in life it is only when you experience it for yourself that you truly understand it.
Between lockdowns and border closures it's clear that many Australians love a road trip and have taken to the red earth, big canyons and dreamtime skies in the past few months...as beautiful images have popped up on my socials. If you are lucky enough to get to travel there just make sure your shoes are made for walking…
'Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.' Gustave Flaubert
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