This week has seen the cessation of people being able to walk/clamber up Uluru. It has taken decades of polite requests and lobbying by the local indigenous peoples for whom it has a very high sacred status. Frankly, the disrespect up to the last days of access shown by 'climbers' was appalling. The climbing assistance chains have now been removed. The area, the atmosphere and the stories behind the rocks in the region can, as before, be appreciated from ground zero. Especially, as darkness is followed by sunrise.
I am so glad that these horrible chains have been removed, a symbol for the freedom this place now has. Horrible how greedy folks are and HAD to climb the Uluru before closure, a last selfie "I have been there".
I have climbed the Uluru a long long time ago but also in these days I felt not comfortable to do it and felt sorry that it had chains. Some of the things that made no sense but you did it because everybody did it. Awful.
Lovely image. Although you can barely see the famous rock you still immediately know what it is. The sun touching the earth looks great. May the Rock left in peace forever and belong to the folks that cherish its beauty. Not everything has to be climbed or seen, something should remain a mystery. Nothing is mysterious anymore.
A beautiful and thought-provoking contribution to the long overdue decision of Australian authorities. I saw many tourist in televison who hadn't any understanding for it. Thoughtless and stupid people who think: all we can afford also must be allowed. The big rush on the last day of allowed climbing somehow was undignified. The changeover in colours in the sky here are fascinating.
Thank you for showing this photo!
Greetings from cool but sunny Germany!