The sun’s last rays descend behind cliffs lining the shore of the Indian Ocean in Western Australia. These stratified cliffs are named Eagle Gorge after the wedge-tailed raptors that nest there.
The koala is the sleepiest animal I have ever seen–except for possibly the sloth. They sleep curled up in a ball in a eucalyptus tree most of the time. But they occasionally begin to yawn and stretch, and then they perk up and look around for a short time. A very short time! This koala had been relocated from its native home in eastern Australia to a national park in western Australian. The koala’s habitat has been encroached upon by development in the eastern areas and it’s existence is threatened, even though it is not officially listed as endangered. There are many Australians who love the koalas and others who are actively working to help them. However, there are a few who think of them similarly to the way some Americans see raccoons, a little pesky and not always nice.
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.