This week I’m featuring great shot taken in the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve by Crystal from the Castaway with Crystal Blog.
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Photo Story: Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve
As a two-year-old, my mother dragged my sister and me around the red central Australian desert in a campervan.
I don’t remember much other than mum retelling stories of magical places and dingos that tried to eat my sister.
But a place that always stuck in my “memory” – though I doubt I had any from that young an age – was a place called “The Devils Marbles”.
My mother told me; “The rocks are so round and smooth that they almost detach from the earth and the Devil himself can roll them around.”
Years later after my mother passed away from cancer and with the magical red dirt still fresh in my mind, I finally decided to take my own pilgrimage back to the source of all my non-memories… To figure out what was real, and what was just my imagination.
Sure enough, after a quick Google search, I found that the Devils Marbles did actually exist and I could even visit while I was driving between Darwin and Alice Springs.
Although the site is sacred to Aboriginal people and is now referred as “Karlu Karlu,” meaning “round boulders” in the local language.
Wikipedia said; “Some of the boulders are naturally but precariously balanced atop one another or on larger rock formations, while others have been split cleanly down the middle by natural forces.”
In the middle of literally nowhere I pulled up with my campervan, almost 30 years later. I’d driven 12 hours past completely flat lands on totally straight roads.
The site is even more magnificent than I ca(n’t) remember. I could climb to the top of a huge boulder and peer out across the bizarrely-shaped lands.
Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is a protected area located 105 km south of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia and 393 km north of Alice Springs.
Karlu Karlu are culturally and spiritually significant objects of the local Aboriginal people.
Most of the conservation reserve is a Registered Sacred Site, protected under the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act.
The Devils Marbles are large granitic boulders that form the exposed top layer of an extensive and mostly underground granite formation.
The natural processes of weathering and erosion have created the various shapes of the boulders.
Being one of the most widely recognised symbols of Australia’s outback, the Devils Marbles are also one of the most visited reserves in the Northern Territory.
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