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There was Big Red

Big Red

There was Big Red

I’ve mentioned many times about my love of deserts (and glaciers). During my last few years of travels, I’ve visited various sand dunes, deserts, done a camel crossing, and traveled to Arctic regions. Last month, I added another milestone to the list.

Birdsville was one of the highlights of the recent Angel Flight Outback Trailblazer. We spent two days for various activities (including Priscilla Night), and the first one on the list was none other than Big Red. It’s only a short drive away from the town. It’s just ‘down the road’ as any Outback people say.

Big Red deserves its name. It’s a 30-meter high, red color sand dunes that is the starting point of the Simpson Desert, which is the world’s largest sand dune desert (total 1,113 dunes) and contains the world’s longest parallel sand dunes. It lies across Northern Territory, South Australia, and Queensland. The Big Red itself doesn’t look too big, but it’s merely a beginning of the vast and dry land. On the top of the hill I could see another sand dune afar that’s parallel to Big Red. There have been a number of explorers tried and succeed to cross this unknown region, including Burke and Wills in 1861. The curiosity and endeavor is what makes human race different than others.

One of the best parts about traveling in the Outback is that good sunset is almost guaranteed. Every night we saw some exquisite sunset, and seeing one from the Big Red was a whole another level. The orange glow shined every nooks and crannies of the sand hills. One by one, each ripples made a long shadow, like seeing thousands of tiny sunsets.

And then the magical thing happens. We turned around from the sunset and started heading down. Then, the sky slowly shoots pink, gray, and blue rays of lights. It’s probably the prettiest eastern sky during the sunset I’ve ever seen.

 

The Big Red

Strong wind on Big Red

Details of the sand dunes

Details, details, details…

Sunset at the Big Red

Sun is setting…

The Big Red

The line!

The Big Red

Contrast

The Big Red

Small, but majestic Big Red

Characteristic sunset scene in the east sky in the Outback

Mystique sunset

The Big Red and Simpson Desert

The trails into the Simpson Desert

 

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Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

4 Comments

  1. Claudia says:

    These are FANTASTIC pictures!

  2. ivy kriste says:

    Classic shots…

  3. Noah says:

    Never heard about red dunes in Australia … truly spectacular! Will definitely be seeing this on my upcoming trip Down Under!

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