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Uluru – Northern Territory June 2016 (5 photos)

Above is the scene that greeted me one clear cold morning, a few minutes after the sun had started to peek across the horizon.

In the far distance, you can see the peaks of Kata Tjuta, in addition to the view of Uluru. You can appreciate how flat the land is; Kata Tjuta is approximately 30km away from Uluru.

But what really attracted me to take this shot was the dead tree in the foreground. It provides an interesting counterpoint to the rock formations.

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Here, the local Anungu aboriginal people conduct regular burns of the bushland. It’s all part of the cycle of regeneration and caring for the land.

Patch burning is a controlled plan of burning numerous small fires. It is designed to protect the Park vegetation from destructive burning. The many small patches are burned so that large areas are protected from accidental burning. Patch burning works by reducing the amount of fuel in patches and strips throughout the Park. These strips and patches break the full force of a natural fire allowing it to burn out and can also be a refuge for animals whose homes and foraging grounds are in the wake of the fire. This limits the amount of damage any one fire can cause in the Park.

The process is progressive so that regrowth is staged. Re-establishing the mosaic for the entire Park takes around 20 years as only about five percent of the Park is burned in any year. Patch burning also has the ecological advantages of providing shelter and regrowth to support the Park fauna.

As a result there are many dead and burnt trees in this area to photograph.

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The Australian expression ‘black stump’ is the name for an imaginary point beyond which the country is considered remote or uncivilised, an abstract marker of the limits of established settlement. Thus, the phrase “beyond the black stump” refers to somewhere beyond civilisation; commonly interpreted as the Outback.

It’s a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for visiting it with me.

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Above, I concentrated more on the tree, shooting it in portrait mode, utilising a narrower view to emphasise the subject.

Now back to a wide landscape view …

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Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Beyond the black stump


50 thoughts on “Beyond the black stump

  1. Geez, Draco, you’ve finally located the Black Stump! and made it public!
    to think – it was sitting right beside Uluru all this time!
    I guess that photogenic large rock outshone the Black Stump! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Beautiful shots all round, Dragon. Kata Tjuta does look very near but if the land is as flat as you say, it really is a fair bit away. That barren tree is an interesting subject – bare, it still stands tall and stands the test of time, just like the famous rock in the distance.

    • Thanks, Mic. Uluru reacts and changes so quickly to the changing light, it’s fascinating to watch. I’ve seen photos of it turning purple during a storm. Something I’d like to see for myself one day.

  3. Another superb set from this incredible location Mr Dragon. Do you have a drone by any chance? The burnt tree adds a really special touch to these compositions. Very nice indeed!

    • Thank you very much. Burnt and dead trees seem to have a special aesthetic, don’t they?
      I don’t own a drone but I did take a helicopter ride whilst at Uluru. Photos from that later.

  4. The colors of the sunlight reflections on the Uluru rock are just magical! Awesome shots! You are changing my impression about Australia. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you so much, Dragon for the Uluru series!

  5. Fabulous light and colors, LD. Beautiful images. Both are magical places. I loved it and it was an amazing experience seeing Uluru at dawn. I do remember just a “few” black flies at Kata Tjuta… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you. It’s quite a beautiful and serene moment at once, watching the dawn emerge over Uluru.

      Flies? You would most definitely be acquainted with the great Australian salute, then. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. It is a beautiful place, and thanks for taking us there…most of us will never get to see it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Dead trees can be very photogenic. Strange that, but they are. Especially love your silhouette!

    I took some video footage of a local cemetery a while back and spent a few seconds filming a tall dead tree, right at the top there is a bizarre face with a long nose. I’ve walked past that tree many times and never looked at it in detail. Kind of reminds me of the trees and their faces in The Wizard Of Oz! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • My pleasure to show you around here.The trees add a nice focal point to the shots.

      Dead trees can have sinister connotations in movies. Fangorn Forest particularly worries me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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