Kata Tjuta – Northern Territory June 2016 (12 photos)
Having secured the air space over Uluru and with the strains of The Ride of the Valkyries continuing to resonate in my mind, the dawn patrol changes course and heads toward the rocky outcrops of Kata Tjuta.
I assume my shooting position and commence another strafing run…
With a view like this, it’s hard not to have a good morning.
Kata Tjuta, formerly known as The Olgas, is a group of large ancient rock formations approximately 30 kilometres away from Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre. It is composed of 36 domes. Kata Tjuta is sacred to the Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years. The sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta are believed to be around 500 million years old.
Having encountered no resistance, we admire the view then turn around and return to base.
I resist the temptation to lean all the way out. After a while, it’s very easy to just forget there are no doors.
The Red Desert looks surprisingly green. In the weeks before I arrived, there was some very good rainfall in this area. The desert sprang to life very quickly.
A safe landing follows.
Another mission successfully accomplished for the dawn patrol. Thanks, Annika.
I get out of the helicopter with a smile on my face. It’s not so cold anymore.
A quick inspection – no one returned fire at us. It was a very good morning.