'Road to Nowhere', Australia, Alice Springs to Uluru, Outback
Below is an excerpt from my travel blog. Cheers.
After spending a few days in Melbourne, I took a cheap flight up to Alice Springs and back into the Australian Outback. This part of the Outback is a bit different from the area around Darwin. To my surprise, Alice Springs experiences extreme changes in temperature from night to day and seasonally. However, this makes sense. Located in the middle of Australia (see map below), the area is far enough from the ocean or any large body of water to keep the temperature from changing dramatically. The nights in Alice Springs while I was there actually approached freezing and warm up to summer temps during the day. I forget how much less the temperature varies when you are located next to the ocean. Boston, for instance, is located around the same latitude as Minneapolis in the midwest. In Minnesota, the Vikings football team needs a dome to play in during the winter. It's much colder there than in Boston, where their team, the Patriots, play outside at the Gillette Stadium (note that the Packer's football team, in neighboring Wisconsin is a bit more tough and still manages to play outside in the frigid cold; sorry Vikings fans, obviously I'm a Packer fan).
To reach Uluru, most people fly into Alice Springs and rent a car. The drive takes 4-5 hours and you go through some desolate Outback. I don't often say I shot nothing, but that's the case in this photo. It only took me 4 hours of driving but I soon realized that as I looked off into the the distance, everything was flat. Not even an undulation in the landscape could be seen. No hills, trees, or buildings anywhere. Only shrubs dotted the sea of sand. It was almost as if I was in the twilight zone. This photo really captures that feeling.
I'm traveling the world, if you're interested in following me I have an HDR blog at www.LostManProject.com. I'll be posting a daily HDR photo from my experiences. Cheers from the land down under.