Ayres Rock, or Uluru, in the Northern Territory of Australia

Written By: Gary Wonning

Uluru (Ayres Rock) is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural icons. The world-renowned sandstone formation stands 1,142 feet high,2,831 ft above sea level, with most of its bulk below the ground, and measures almost 6 miles in circumference. Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) have great cultural significance for the Traditional landowners, who lead walking tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, bush foods and the dream time stories of the area.

As the bus rumbled to a stop at the base of the giant monolith, my intuition was telling me to leave my camera gear in the bus. I had come all this way, I wasn’t going up that rock without my camera, I wanted some photos. My guides did everything possible to keep me from taking my gear, but I took it anyway.

Although the local Aborigines discourage climbing “The Rock”, many still do. For those that do, the view at the top is well worth the long climb. For those that climb, the only assistance available is a waist high chain to grab on to as one makes his way up the sometimes almost vertical path.

It was an extremely difficult climb, my right shoulder wasn’t entirely healed from the motorcycle accident, I had little strength in my right arm, as a result I needed to stop and rest every few feet.

Climbing to the top, the view is spectacular. Making one’s way across the rim, the view is breathtaking, not only in the distance but also on the rock itself.

At the top of this giant monolith, can be seen several pits and circles that were carved from the rock itself that must have been used for some ancient ceremony.

I found the pit, Hilda, my psychic had told me about the previous autumn. I lay down in it and tried to meditate, but there was too much activity surrounding me to continue. However, knowing how the universe works, I probably accomplished what I needed to. Sometimes we just need to touch base with the past.

I did take several photos while there, however, when I returned home and developed the slides, every one of them was completely black. Should have listened to my gut.

One of Uluru’s most unique features is that it appears to change color as the different light strikes it at different times of the day and year, sunset is a particularly remarkable sight when it briefly glows red. Although rainfall is uncommon in this semi-arid area, during wet periods the rock acquires a silvery-gray color, with streaks of black algae forming on the areas that serve as channels for water flow.

Special viewing areas with road access and parking have been constructed to give tourists the best views of Uluru at dawn and dusk.

As we watched the glow of Ayres Rock fade into the sunset, it was time to find our campground only a short distance away. It was well after dark when we arrived and set up camp for the evening, soon steaks were grilling on the campfire.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

The Aborigines Have Lost Their way

Written by: Gary Wonning

Alcoholism and drug abuse is a major problem among the Aborigines because they have lost their purpose in life. They have lived in the outback for thousands of years and know of no other way of life.

Their way of life is becoming not only unpopular but impossible as well. Regardless of how much the government helps them, for the most part, they are unable to adapt.

To the aborigine, life was all about survival, we are taught a work ethic in order to improve our lot and to make a better life. The aborigine knew no such thing, because of their extreme environment, their only focus was survival, they don’t understand and laugh at us for working so hard.

People say to them that it must be great to live off the land, their reply is “If you think it is so great, try it!”

In the extreme environment, only the healthy babies were kept, they were suckled for seven years and if the mother couldn’t keep up with work and the child, the baby was killed.

It was a matter of survival.

Most tribes contained twenty to thirty people, with four or five in each family, some lived to be 100 and some had more than one wife, many times if the husband died, another man would take his wife so he could support her.

If the tribe became too large and there wasn’t enough food, the weaker ones were either killed or left to die.

They would rub animal fat on their bodies to shut down sweating in order to conserve water. They still don’t wear many clothes because of the heat, clothes create body odor.

In the dry years, women would not ovulate, they had zero population growth, sometimes the droughts would last ten years, so there would be no children born in that time. The lack of food and environmental stress ruined the sex drive.

When a woman first felt the kick of a child, the first animal they saw was believed to be it’s totem or spirit animal because that is the closest source of energy. It could be a snake, kangaroo or anything.

Same totems can’t marry, they know inbreds become stupid.

Because of the lack of rainfall, it took about six acres of land to support one person, they survived by eating whatever was available, including termites, ants and grub worms.

One of the highlights was meeting Ted Mitchell, one of the last Trackers, someone who could find an individual regardless of the environment. The story was told that a young child had gotten lost in the bush, after searching with helicopters, dogs and search teams, Ted was called in to help, within a half an hour he came back with the child in his arms.

The aborigines believe that when we visit a place, we leave an image, and a person trained to see that image can follow someone regardless of the terrain or how long they have been gone.

Their teachings show many examples of such happenings, as well as casting spells on someone thousands of miles away, the victim being affected by it even though he has no knowledge of the spell being cast.

The aborigine who has been taught the Dream time is very intuitive and extremely aware of his surroundings, Crocodile Dundee was all Hollywood, but not very far off on this perspective.

The songfest came to an end, our time to leave had arrived, we packed up our swag, our personal belongings and made our journey back to Cairns and civilization.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aborigines Of Australia

Written by: Gary Wonning

Aborigines have been traced to Iraq, Iran, Malaysia, etc. They are Caucasians, aborigine refers to religion, or belief, not a color of skin. If you follow their way of life you are an aborigine, regardless of color, anyone who claims to be aborigine can get welfare from the government.

When some of them took their shirt off, their chests were white, they are dark because they have lived in the sun for thousands of years.

They say color breeds away, after first mating, regardless of color it gradually fades after each generation, fading away ½, ¼,1/8, in Australia, you can either be Australian or Aborigine, you can change each census, and you can be anything you want, German French, etc.

Being Aboriginal has nothing to do with color or physical features, same as being Christian, they believe there are only two types of people, aborigine, and the rest.

There is no scientific evidence they have been here more than twelve thousand years, however, legends state they have been here much longer, possibly as long as forty thousand years.

They believe the Australian aborigine negroid were possibly here 200,000 years ago, they then migrated to Africa

They often ask, “How come every painting is 40,000 years old?”

Most rock paintings are not very old, most are less than 200 years, the ocre flakes off in time, especially if exposed to weather. Many times the paintings were used as teaching aids.

They believe nature has caused thousands of species to disappear, it has nothing to do with the environment or man’s destruction of nature, it is a natural process.

Fire is part of nature, and shouldn’t be put out, it is natures way of clearing old brush so large fires won’t result.

They don’t know where they came from, however, they theorize at some time they migrated from Asia.

Women can be leaders but men are usually the leaders, it’s through blood. If there is no one in the bloodline, next best man takes over.

Suicide is a disgrace, they didn’t see life as a burden, they have such a connection with spirit they could die when they wanted. They follow a spiritual seeking and when they get depressed, if there is no one else around, they talk to themselves.

They believe there is no better learning than life learning, knowledge is not important, it’s how you feel about it.

There are as many as 1200 different tribes in Australia, there are still tribes no one knows about as not all of Australia has been explored.

When the white man came, many people were living underground, they didn’t know what to think of whites at first.

They believe there is a time and place for everything.

Many believe in UFOs, the extraterrestrials are named Mimis.

If we would be more trusting and follow our instincts, everything would be provided, it’s all about faith.

When someone dies, they would be dried out, wrapped in leaves and bark, then taken to their home and put in trees to protect them from wild animals. Some tribes would cut the heads off and then buried them separately.

The living and dead are a link between the present culture and its mythic logical origin.

Older paintings were said to have been done by spirits from the dream time.

Aborigines are still very proud, they won’t rummage through garbage or paint graffiti on restrooms.

They can sense spiritual sites, and determine which ones are the most important.

A sacred site is a place where aborigines find a manifestation of divine power, a sense of contact with creative form.

All nature is sacred, but in a creation place, spirit power manifests more readily, these are place where great events of creation took place.

The members of a group share common totem and each individual has a totem.

They are starting to move into the white society, but retain many of the ancient customs, in most cases when housing is provided, many still sleep outside under the stars.

One of the most disturbing events I encountered: another photographer and I had ventured down to the river and saw several children playing soccer in the water, amongst several hundred hypodermic needles and beer bottles.

Their culture like ours is changing and disappearing forever,

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Rock Art

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

an excerpt from my book about life in the outback of Australia

Rock Art only has meaning to the author, it tells the story of some happening, it is ancient graffiti.

A Corroboree or songfest is the retelling of old stories, creations, they recreate through song and dance. They are practiced so the old ways won’t be forgotten, red facial paintings and costumes were all teaching aids, and stories and music are memory aids.

The stories and legends are laws on which Aborigine life is based.

We had to be careful, some of the aborigines don’t want to be photographed, they believe the picture carries the spirit of the person being photographed and if photographed it could destroy the spirit, the spirit resides in the photograph and thus leaves the person.

When the white man first appeared they wouldn’t let anyone photograph the rock art as they thought it destroyed the spirit of the painting.

While visiting White Horse Galley, we had the opportunity to observe Didgeridoo player Marcell Riguett. He was the first nonaboriginal to be granted permission to play here. This was my first opportunity to actually observe the Didgeridoo being played, it was interesting in that the musician actually breathes in through his nose and out through his mouth at the same time.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

How To Put An End To Bullying

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Written by: Gary Wonning

Bullying wasn’t an issue, at an early age we youngsters were taught to defend ourselves, using whatever means necessary. I came home from school one evening early in my first year of school and told dad some kid was picking on me. I knew what his answer was going to be, but I thought I would give it a shot anyway.

He looked me square in the eye and said, “Son, I can’t be there to protect you every minute of the day, you’re going to have to handle it yourself.”

Wonderful, being one who didn’t like to fight, I tried to handle the situation diplomatically, to no avail. After a couple of days, I grew tired of the nonsense and leaving the class room one afternoon, I planted my knuckles squarely on the guy’s nose, deciding that either he was going to clean the street with me, or I would take him out, either way was better than not knowing and putting up with this crap.

Blood was running everywhere; I thought I killed the poor guy. He took off running and crying, I never had a problem with him after that. Bullies only pick on whom they deem to be defenseless and they are most often cowards. Stand up to them, do what you have to do, and you will have peace in your life, lesson learned.

Common Sense for the modern era

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

The Entitlement Generation

Written by: Gary Wonning

Much has been said in recent years about the younger generation being the “Entitlement” generation.

This certainly doesn’t allude to everyone in this generation, there are many fine young people in the world today, people who will carry the weight and lead us into the future, but regretfully, many young people have been lead astray.

They have been called snowflakes, cupcakes and other such terms to illustrate the tender state of their feelings and emotions. They can’t seem to handle any amount of stress whatsoever.

Anything that doesn’t go their way and give them what they want sends many of them into emotional shock, resulting in crying, emotional outbursts or flocking to the streets to decry some great social injustice.

The general consensus is that what has caused this is they were raised to expect a trophy just for showing up in life, they didn’t have to do anything, just be there.

Many have never been told “No”, and have never experienced rejection, they have been shielded from every negative event that has ever crossed their path and thus have no coping skills.

While most of this is true, they cannot keep blaming their parents and society for their misconceptions.

As a human soul, they knew full well at birth what they were getting into, they volunteered to experience the life they have now, to learn lessons needed for the advancement of their soul. We all have free will, that free will covers every phase of our life, not just deciding if we are going to have a hot fudge sundae or a pizza. You can’t decide not to have free will.

They were born into life situations that would benefit them and enable them to experience challenges necessary for their continued growth.

Their ancestors, for the most part, had good intentions. Many grew up in a time when material possessions were few and far between. They grew up fighting wars and poverty. When the prosperity boom of the sixties came about, they seized the opportunity to provide a life for their families no one even envisioned was possible.

Along with it, most still maintained the spiritual values taught them by their ancestors. Over time, those values began to fade away, not so much by the previous generation, but by the one’s who followed. soon they were forgotten.

With this degradation of the values that made us great, it suddenly became fashionable to treat everyone fairly and not hurt someone’s feelings, to treat everyone like a winner.

The everyone’s a winner mentality is what has brought about the current dilemma.

It’s past time to abandon this philosophy and go back to teaching the core values that are more likely to bring about a happy and successful life.

The sooner the entitled generation realizes it is their responsibility to fix their own life, regardless of the circumstances that lead to their current situation the sooner they will begin to lead a happier life.

They volunteered to experience the events they are going through, they can’t blame someone else forever.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.Your comments are welcome

The Hypocrisy Of the Left

Every since I was a small pup, the republican political elected officials have been portrayed as stupid, bungling idiots who want only to take away grandma’s social security and start a war. Although there have been wars started by GOP presidents, wars have been started by democrats as well, and grandma’s social security is still intact.

Goldwater was portrayed as a war monger, if we had followed his advice, maybe Vietnam wouldn’t have gone on so long.  Nixon was a crook for recording conversations, I’m not saying it was the right thing to do but something that both Kennedy and Johnson did before him.

Reagan was an idiot, Quayle couldn’t spell, GW was stupid, and now Trump is crazy.

I got news for you, the GOP doesn’t hold a monopoly on politicians doing dishonest and immoral actions.

LBJ called Vietnam his war, and his discretions against Lady Bird were numerous, committing immoral acts on Air Force One with his wife present. He openly bragged about enabling voter fraud creating a Kennedy win in 1960.

Kennedy was a womanizer and totally messed up the Cuban era  Bay of Pigs in which hundreds of Cubans were slaughtered on the beach after he promised military aid and didn’t follow up on his promise. It is hard to find any Cuban over the age of sixty that has a favorable opinion of JFK.

Carter was another story.

Clinton had the famous blue dress, Al Gore of global warming fame, thought the Texas Eagle was a bird when in fact it was an Amtrak train.

The gaffs of Obama are too many to mention, among the largest, Obama stating he had been to 57 states with two more left to visit.

Biden’s fondling and inappropriately touching women also comes to mind, not to mention the hundreds of times he misspoke.

Inappropriate behavior by politicians isn’t limited to one party, it happens on both sides of the aisle, but the liberal press covers up the times it happens on the left and magnifies it on the right until the naive public believes the worst of one party while they excuse anything that happens on the left, hypocrisy at it finest.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome