Photo gallery: Rain on the rock

Photography by Peter Carroll

On Thursday October 14 I awoke at 3am to heavy rain. There was nothing particularly unusual about that apart from being in the desert of Central Australia, though with the rain we’ve had this year that is also debatable as the desert country continues to green up and wildflowers colour the landscape.

OK, so maybe the unusual part of it was that I was in a comfy bed at Yulara. It has been a 20 year dream of mine to see Uluru with water pouring down her flanks. I lay tossing and turning, praying the rain would continue until the crack of dawn. It did and was torrential as I drove in the dark the 15km toward the Rock, working out where I should start. How to photograph in these conditions?

Arriving at Mutitjulu Waterhole car park, the road in was a flowing torrent a foot deep. Now I could see the water spider-webbing down and across the deep red rock. Time to to get excited. For 10 minutes I stood in water shin deep beside the track, in awe of the magic I was witnessing.

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View more of Peter Carroll’s photography at his blog or view a collection of Crikey’s favourite photo galleries.