Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Dusk at Ayres Rock, Australia

Darren was relives dusk at Ayers Rock:

We leave the hotel, the Outback Pioneer which is pleasant enough with a huge outside BBQ and head off, by coach into the national park. Somehow I had in my head that you could see Ayers Rock from everywhere, miles around but surprisingly no, you have to go a fair way into the park before you come across it.

You can't help but be in awe when you first see it shooting out of the ground in it's flat surroundings. The immediate reaction is to take a hundred and one pictures, all of which I’m sure would look the same, but never the less you are at Ayers Rock!

Darren at Ayres Rock

The sun would be setting in about an hour so we've still had time to make our way to the main viewing area, not before knocking back the well received glass of red wine. Once at the main viewing area the view of Ayers is amazing and with the sunny slowly beginning to set behind me I felt sure that Ayers Rock will live upto my dreams!

It's at this point, staring at this amazing monolith, that you release you are not alone as you are soon joined by another few coach loads which is disappointing as ideally as the sun sets on this magical rock  you feel that you should be in solitude. Also when you have a  student saying to her boyfriend, “gee it's just a rock”, you realise that this might not be the magically experience you had flown half way around the world for!

It's not until the sun is on it's final decent that all the people around you seem to vanish as the mystical monolith starts to change from a dullish red colour to the most amazing orange. It's almost as if it is reflecting the burnt orange colour of the setting sun and as you watch you release Ayres is much more than just a rock and why the local Aboriginal tribes worships it. Slowly the burnt orange transforms into a dusk reddish grey and the sun finally vanishes into the night sky, leaving just a silhouette.

Sunset at Ayers Rock truly lived up to my expectation, well worth the journey, one of life much do’s! 

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