Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dreamings from Down Under

40 Degrees Celsius and counting!

For the month of  November 2011, I had the wonderful experience of travelling 'down under' in New Zealand and Australia. One of the highlights of the trip was spending a few days in the Alice Springs area and making the trek to Uluru in the Australian desert.

Uluru is a very large, red rock that is a sacred aboriginal site. Uluru is actually one end or tip of a large rock formation that loops down and underground in a U shape. The other end or tip, The Olgas, also rises above the desert a short distance away.
Climbing supports (along the horizon line) for those brave enough to try!
Up a little closer
Nature's Exclamation Marks!!!!!
Aboriginal cave drawings

Ancient aboriginal drawings, or 'dreamings' can still be seen outlined on the walls of shallow caves at Uluru. The symbols in the dreamings depict trails across the desert, water holes and all other aspects of daily life that are are in the memories of the aboriginal artists. Today the artists continue to create their dreamings or dreaming art - using canvas, wood and paper as their backdrops.

Inspired by what I saw at Uluru, a wonderful exhibition of aboriginal art at the Melbourne Art Gallery and by my experience snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, here is one of my Australian dreamings.

                                                                                                Ⓒ content copyright 2012 Patricia Winans

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