I have been watching coverage of Hurricane Yasi streaming from the east coast of Australia, where it is now 4 a.m.. They are right in the centre of it with another storm surge due in the morning, so it will be hard to see what is left, especially as power is down. Half a metre of rain has fallen already in the past twelve hours.
This is such a powerful storm it will penetrate well into the desert and arid hinterland which makes up most of the continent, and it should do a lot to replenish the aquifers. There has already been rain at Uluru, and a friend in the mines in Western Australia sent me these pictures (thanks Leo!). The next few weeks will show an astonishing flowering in the desert – I’m going to concentrate on that.
Magic at Uluru : Peter Carroll
Local landscape photographer Peter Carroll was in the right place at the right time when the rain came bucketing down earlier in the month.
Peter was at Yulara – the township near Uluru when he woke at 3am to the sound of torrential rain.
“It has been a 20 year dream to see Uluru with water pouring down her flanks,” writes Peter in his blog, ‘so there I lay tossing and turning praying the rain would continue til the crack of dawn.’
Most longtime residents of Central Australia know that the sight of rain on the rock is a rare phenomenon. For a landscape photographer, it’s gold. Before the sun had risen, Peter was out there with his camera.
“I had to calm myself a little bit. It was pretty momentous,” says Peter.
“I went round to the general car park area where the climb is…and that’s where these white stripes started to reveal themselves, it was pretty spectacular.”
The result of Peter’s work is a spectacular collection of images that show Uluru in a whole new light. Barely recognisable with silver lines snaking down the surface and eerie fog hovering – the images will no doubt find a large audience. Several have already appeared on the front page of The Australian. Most of the shots were taken near the Mututjulu waterhole, says Peter, and what he heard that morning was just as powerful as what he saw through the lens.
“Once I got out of the car and started walking in, all the noises started to take over,” he says.
“When you hear that water rushing down the side, and plummeting over cliffs, it really is a special sound. And because we’ve had so much rain lately there’s just hundreds of thousands of frogs around the place, it was pretty magical.”
“I’ve been down [to Uluru] a lot and whenever I’m down there it delivers some special, special moment..I don’t know what the inner workings of it are on the human psyche but it’s fairly powerful stuff.”
Follow the link to Peter’s blog to see more images and read the story in his own words.
(Story taken from Rohan Barwick’s interview with Peter Carroll)