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Dark storm clouds gather over Australia's Lasseter Highway as it winds through the red sand desert

L'arte sfida la tecnologia e la tecnologia ispira l'arte. (John Lasseter)

John Lasseter

One of "most Interesting" group 9/8/05

This is a stitch of 6 by hand taken pictures seen from Kata Tjuta Viewing Area at the Lasseter Highway.

Unfortunately it was cloudy and rainy that day with water vapor in the air making the Red of the rocks just not that red color that you want.

For me, I think, this was the only chance in my life to make this picture. Although, maybe.......... you never know!

 

ON EXPLORE 02-12-2015! Thanks everyone for the views, the Faves and comments on this picture!

Somewhere on Lasseter Hwy, one hour after we left Uluru for Alice Springs.

Lasseter Highway, Northern Territory, Australia

Lasseter Highway, Northern Territory, Australia

spotted by the keen eyes of Jenny, while we were busy photographing BBBs on the few remaining flowers of this Eremophila bush. Thanks, Jenny!

Lasseter Highway - first glimpse of Uluru

Beautiful sunset over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), seen from the visitor's platform on the last section of Lasseter Highway between Yulara and Kata Tjuta.

 

Kata Tjuta and also known as Mount Olga (or colloquially as The Olgas), are a group of large domed rock formations or bornhardts located about 365 km (227 mi) southwest of Alice Springs, in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. Uluru, 25 km (16 mi) to the east, and Kata Tjuta form the two major landmarks within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The 36 domes, covering an area of 21.68 km2 (8.37 sq mi), are composed of conglomerate, a sedimentary rock consisting of cobbles and boulders of varying rock types including granite and basalt, cemented by a matrix of sandstone. The highest point, Mount Olga, is 1,066 m (3,497 ft) above sea level, or approximately 546 m (1,791 ft) above the surrounding plain (198 m (650 ft) higher than Uluru). Kata Tjuta is located at the eastern end of the Docker River Road.

 

The alternative name, The Olgas, comes from the tallest peak, Mt. Olga. At the behest of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Mt. Olga was named in 1872 by Ernest Giles, in honour of Queen Olga of Württemberg. She and her husband King Karl had marked their 25th wedding anniversary the previous year by, amongst other things, naming Mueller a Freiherr (baron), making him Ferdinand von Mueller; this was his way of repaying the compliment.

 

On 15 December 1993, a dual naming policy was adopted that allowed official names consisting of both the traditional Aboriginal name and the English name. As a result, Mount Olga was renamed Mount Olga / Kata Tjuta. On 6 November 2002, following a request from the regional Tourism Association, the order of the dual names was officially reversed to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

 

The region surrounding Kata Tjuta lies in the Amadeus Basin, an intracratonic basin formed during the Adelaidian, roughly 850-800 mya. During the Petermann Orogeny, approximately 550 mya, an event known as the Woodroff Thrust, thrust granulite facies rocks northward over low-grade metamorphic rocks. The eventual erosion of the formation resulted in a molasse facies, or deposition in front of rising mountains, in this case the Petermann Orogeny, to create the deposit known as the Mount Currie Conglomerate. The Mount Currie Conglomerate is made predominately of basalt, porphyry, granite, gneiss and volcanic rock fragments with a matrix composed of angular quartz, microcline and orthoclase among other minerals.

 

Both Uluru and the Kata Tjuta are made of sediment originating in this Mount Currie Conglomerate and both have a chemical composition similar to granite. Scientists using Rb/Sr dating techniques to accurately date the rock have given it an age of 600 mya, matching the date of the Woodroof Thrust event. The actual fresh rock that makes up the Olgas and Uluru is medium to dark gray with green or pink hues in some laminae. The bright orange-red hue, for which the structures are noted, is due to a patina over finely divided feldspar coated in iron oxide.

 

There are many Pitjantjatjara Dreamtime legends associated with this place and indeed everything in the vicinity including, of course, Uluru. A number of legends surround the great snake king Wanambi who is said to live on the summit of Mount Olga and only comes down during the dry season. The majority of mythology surrounding the site is not disclosed to outsiders.

 

Kata Tjuta can be accessed via Ayers Rock Airport. It is then a 55 km drive south, then west. Visitors are required to pay a National Park entry fee, which is currently A$25 per person. Visitors can also drive along the Lasseter Highway which joins the Stuart Hwy. 200 km south of Alice Springs at the township of Erldunda. The drive is 4½ hours from Alice Springs.

[Source: Wikipedia]

 

Canon EOS 350D

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC

Aperture: f/7.1

Exposure time: 1/160 second

Focal length: 18 mm

ISO Speed 400

Processed with PS CS5

Lasseter Highway is a sealed highway some 244 kilometre in lenght in the Northern Territory of Australia. It connects Yulara, Kata Tjuta and Uluru east to the Stuart Highway down around 200 south of Alice Springs The highway is named after Lewis Hubert (Harold Bell) Lasseter, who claimed to have discovered a fabulously rich gold reef (Lasseter's Reef) west of Kata Tjuta.

Dark storm clouds gather over Australia's Lasseter Highway as it winds through the red sand desert

Tomorrow begins a new era in Disneyland history. The grand opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street complete a 5 year 1.2 billion dollar expansion of Disney California Adventure. From everything that I have seen, and I've seen all of it, it is money VERY well spent. As a Disney shareholder I am feeling very good about my investments and have no doubt they will pay big dividends in the years to come.

 

On a great little side note, I had the pleasure of spending the day with friends in Cars Land today and as we walked through the Ramones House of Body Art gift shop I had the pleasure of chatting with none other than THE MAN himself, John Lasseter. What a wonderful day in a truly WONDERFUL place.

I love 3-D. I have been a big fan of 3-D for a long, long time. I took my 1988 wedding pictures in 3-D! - John Lasseter -. Find us at SIAJNAD.COM

I know I'm not the only one who waited 11 years to see this third Toy Story film, and today I'll have the opportunity to watch it, so how could I not pay a tribute to a movie that has marked not only my childhood buy everybody's.

 

You've got a friend in me by Randy Newman

Mt. Connor in the distance; On the Lasseter Highway, Northern Territory, Australia

Back to the archives! In June 1994, H and I spent a week travelling around Central Australia - and wow, what an amazing place. I couldn't get over the colours. These slides were all taken with Velvia film so are a bit "out there". I have tried to make the scanned copy as close as possible to the original.

We were driving along the Lasseter highway and Terrence pointed out the rock to me.

 

Me: I don't think it's Uluru, we're still 150km away. Besides the shape looks wrong.

 

T: Looks like Table Mountain.

 

Me: Oh yar. But without the table cloth.

 

Lol.

Dark storm clouds gather over Australia's Lasseter Highway as it winds through the red sand desert

My mother was a high school arts teacher, so I was always surrounded by the arts. - John Lasseter -. Find us at SIAJNAD.COM

Travelling along the Lasseter Highway from Alice Springs towards Uluru National Park. In the deserts of central Australia.

"Reach for the Sky!"

 

-- Sheriff Woody Pride

 

Did you know Woody's last name is "Pride?" I must have missed that in the fims, but thanks to Wikipedia, I now know!

 

Woody at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

 

Explored #287 on July 16, 2012

 

Radiator Springs Racers, Cars Land, Disney California Advanture, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA

Somewhere "near" Mt Ebenezer.

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