Eucalyptus trees dot the red and yellow landscape of the Australian outback.
The spot behind the curtain is snug and secure. Standing under the rock crevice listening to the water wash down from above gives feeling of quiet and separation from everything on the other side.
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Does a mysterious force draw people to this giant of a rock? The Aboriginal people of Australia call it Uluru, a name that has no specific meaning (at least, from what I know). Some people want to climb it, maybe to get closer to its mysterious power or maybe just because it is there. But, the Aboriginal people say it is a sacred place and should not be climbed. Most people respect the sacredness and are content to watch the sun set over the immense dome.
In the coming posts, I will be moving away from the eastern rainforests and into the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia. One can become spoiled by stepping outside your tent to see such an amazing view of the Milky Way. There is no waiting until the wee hours of the morning. Soon after the sun goes down, out come all the stars.
On a beach in eastern Australia, where the rainforest meets the sea, the Sand Bubbler Crab is busy making art! Actually the crab is feeding and the art is a byproduct. At low tide, the small crab comes out of its burrow and scoops up mouthfuls of sand from which it sifts its sustenance. It works quickly a short distance from the burrow spitting out the sifted sand, seemingly unaware that it is making art. Thanks to Jessica at Nature in Focus for identifying this crab and providing so many beautiful photos and educational posts. As for the art, what do you see?