Rock painting on Uluru – Looking back at Central Australia

We are heading back to my time at Uluru again today. I forgot that I never showed you some of the rock paintings we saw when we were there.

They are not something that you see every day, that’s for sure. I think it is fair to say we were quite surprised to see them. Though they were not what we were expecting.

I am not going to explain it, because there are places out there that can do it so much better than me. So click here for more information.

There was a sign about the place we found.

We were surprised with the paintings because it seemed obvious that they had been painted over the top of, over and over. It was hard to work out what you were looking at.

Here is a gallery of a few of them.

I took these images with the Fujifilm GFX 50S II and the 35 to 70mm lens. I wasn’t sure how they would come out considering it was quite dark under there and I wasn’t using a tripod.

They were the only ones we saw while there, though we were meant to go on another tour and would have seen more then. However, it involved a lot of walking and with Suzzanna’s ankle, it seemed best to cancel that one. I grew up hearing about them and the Dreamtime and all that the paintings represented. They are very important to our indigenous people, and therefore should be important to all of us. I am glad to see they are being preserved.

I also took the following image with the GFX, I just like the way the tree was in front of Uluru. I hope you like it too.

What do you think of the rock paintings or rock art? Do you like seeing it, or want to see it if you were there?

 

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37 Comments

  1. Wow! This is an amazing piece of history. I definitely want to visit Uluru one day. Thank you for sharing your photos with us, and I love the tree in front of Uluru. The contrast of the colors are so cool! πŸ₯°πŸ˜

  2. These are so lovely! I’ve been around the American Southwest recently and they have so many petroglyphs- art translates across centuries!

    1. The history is really incredible, I love that too. I really hope you do get to visit one day. Just save heaps, it isn’t cheap there.

  3. So lovely to find a fellow Aussie here Leanne. Thank you for dropping by my blog. I share your passion for photography and for travelling around this beautiful country of ours. I saw some amazing rock art in the Northern Territory too. some great photos. Lynn

    1. I know what you mean Lynn, I like it too. I have to admit, I’m passionate about photography, but not so much travelling. I do a little, but I love being home. The rock art is incredible, I really enjoyed seeing that. Thank you Lynn, nice to meet you.

    2. I think the travelling thing can still apply close to home which is what most of us have been doing during COVID and even now. After living in Melbourne for almost 40 years, I’m enjoying my life in the beautiful High Country. Nice to meet you too Leanne. Lynn

    3. That is very true and I do that a lot, many day trips and the occasional 1 or 2 night away, that suits me. I’ve only been to the high country once really, up to Craig’s hut. I’ve been here for almost 40 years now too.

    4. We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the screening of the Man from Snowy River movie. Tom Burlinson was here last weekend to mark the occasion at the Cattleman’s Get Together. I am yet to visit Craigs Hut but plan to go when the weather is better and less crowds for a photo shoot! I also have a old school friend from 40 years ago and we have put it on our bucket list to ride our horses up there!

    5. OMG 40 years since it was made, that is unbelievable. Yeah, I was lucky to get there once, not sure if I will ever be able to again, I don’t have a 4 wheel drive and you really need one to get there. Going on horseback would be fun.

  4. Definitely would love to see them. Knowing that “prehistoric” artists left their mark– for either artistry or storytelling or both– enhances my own imagination of their existence.
    Art

    1. Yeah, it is interesting to think that art has existed for millennia and humans have always told stories with it. Thank you Loujen.

  5. I’d definitely love to see them. Maybe someday! Great composition, that last photo. The vertical markings on the huge rock face. The tree superimpose just so…. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I adore rock art. Oneday i’d like to come to Australia to see how it compares to the UK and Utah.

    1. It is quite incredible. There aren’t a lot of places to see it, but if you can well worth it. It would be interesting to compare them all. Thank you Ruth.

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