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Old Jul 22, 2010, 8:57 PM   #1
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Flying to the outback from Melbourne you realize how large it and the country are. The Aborigines call the Outback “The Never, Never”, because it never, never, ends.

Uluru (Airs Rock) and Kata Tjuta (Olga’s) are located in the Northwest Territory. They are sacred places to the Aborigines. The story of the “Dream World” (their belief of creation) is depicted on the face of Uluru in the form of shapes and cracks.

My preconceived notion was that the outback was teeming with Kangaroos, Wallabies, Dingoes, etc. The truth is it has over 1 million feral Camels (they were imported for use when building the railroad across the country) and some of the world’s deadliest snakes. Of the 550 plants that grow in the outback the Camels eat 525 of them, so when they were abandoned they found a virtual smorgasbord and prospered and multiplied. Australia is now the largest exporter of Camels in the world.

There is one other thing found out here in great abundance and that is Flies. They are tiny and do not bite but absolutely swarm all over you. They are seeking moisture and will go in your eyes, ears, nose and mouth to find it. Consequently we wore a net over our heads whenever we went out of our bus.


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Kata Tjuta. This is a 10 shot panorama stitched in Microsoft ICE.


Tree shadow on Uluru


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Old Jul 22, 2010, 11:27 PM   #2
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another place i would love to go
by 4 wheel drive would be great
straight through the centre (oh for the time and money)

glad you enjoyed the flies
you get used to them after a while

apparently saudi arabia buys our camels for racing, an odd export
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Very nicely captured.
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Love the expansive perpsectives on the first two Lou!

I did not realize that Camels were indigenous to Australia...neat photo.
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Great shot of Ayers Rock ! (wish it was bigger). Very interesting write-up too.

Jelpee - camels are not indigenous but were originally imported and then thrived. I love NG & the Discovery channel !
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Interesting info, Lou. Considering how much I like snakes, the chances of my visiting the outback may have gone down....lol.

Really love your photo of Uluru.

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another place i would love to go
by 4 wheel drive would be great
straight through the centre (oh for the time and money)

glad you enjoyed the flies
you get used to them after a while

apparently saudi arabia buys our camels for racing, an odd export
John you get used to the flies I don't want to try. Our tour guide on a trip a couple years ago had one fly into her ear and buzzed around in it and then got into her sinus cavity and darn near drove her nuts (not a drive but a short walk).

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Great shot of Ayers Rock ! (wish it was bigger). Very interesting write-up too
Thanks Kevin, I tried larger but it looked horrid in the post. Take a look in my Zenfolio link and you can enlarge there.

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Shoturtle, Jehan and Paul - Thanks for looking and glad you enjoyed them.

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Outstanding series, Lou!
Nice job on the photos, makes me want to visit.
I enjoyed looking at your Zinfolio site, too.
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