|Ben and I have spent this past week in Australia.|
|In no time at all we were seeing what tourists see when they go into the outback.|
|And in no time at all I was having a great time!|
|I assure you, no telephoto lens was used in this picture.|
|Did you know the dingo is a real animal?|
We were told we could pet him, but not feed him, as often he does not stop where the food ends.
I was happy with just looking.
|The outback has a lot of indigenous rock art.|
Much of it was re-painted for tourists in 1962, but still, it was fun to see.
|I was looking forward to traveling overnight on The Ghan.|
|We took the train from Darwin, in the north, to Alice Springs, in the center of the continent.|
|I got the top bunk.|
|The bathroom was extremely efficient. The sink and toilet pulled out of the metal cabinet.|
|Ben's father was a missionary in Australia in the 1930s.|
He said Alice Springs was at the end of the earth, and he wasn't kidding.
|The train is called the Ghan after the Muslims who brought camels to Australia to move trade.|
This was a great trip.
|The train stopped along the way at Katherine, where we took a bus ride to some gorges.|
Normally the water is high enough that tourists don't have to walk part of the way.
Nonetheless, the scenery was beautiful.
|It was not hard to take a few good pictures.|
|While looking at the rock walls, I was reminded of traveling through the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River in 1999. As I thought that, the woman in front of me said it out loud, as did the woman behind me.|
|We live on a beautiful planet.|
|We spent almost an entire day on a bus to get to some mountains made completely of rock.|
This is Kata tjuta.
|I am doing my best to take some artsy pictures.|
|These trees are at the base of Uluru.|
|Sunset with my back to Uluru. Again, no filter on my camera.|