I’m trying to build a time-lapse video from some photographs that I took today with my camera’s interval timer. It was very convenient having the camera do all of the hard work after I set up the tripod and set the timer to make an exposure every 45 seconds. Lisa and I were able to relax and watch the monolith of Uluṟu change colors as the sun set. Thanks, Ashish, for the suggestion!
UPDATE: You can see the sunset video online now.
Seeing Uluṟu* today was an amazing experience. Lisa and I arrived around midday, had our “Outback lunch” of ice cream and potato chips**, and went for a walk around the big rock. I’ve only ever seen one view of it before . . . the iconic sunset view (that we also witnessed this evening). But there’s so much more to it: shady side grottos and craggy caves and Indigenous Australian art and wooded groves and the ever-changing appearance of the light on the rock.
We could not photograph large portions of it on our 3-hour, 10 kilometer walk, since it’s one of the most sacred Aboriginal sites with mojo that the uninitiated (like Lisa and I) are not supposed to see — or at least record. But we took snapshots of a good deal of the rest of it. And it was quite a moving experience.
And seeing Uluṟu appear to glow as if lit from within after the sun had sunk below the horizon was a truly sublime moment.***
* — It’s also known as Ayer’s Rock. But it’s first and current name is “Uluṟu.”
** — The Australians like a big lunch. And a big dinner. And a big breakfast. Everything is big. And everything has meat on it. Usually more than one kind. One of which is almost always bacon. And an egg. So eating ice cream and potato chips for lunch is our way of not over-eating. And I’m not 100% sure that it’s even possible to eat better out in the outback. I yearn for fiber.
*** — The bloke from McCoy who said yesterday after we finished our hike around Kings Canyon that “Uluṟu is just another big, boring rock sticking out of the ground” must have slept through an important part of the bus tour.