If there is anything that makes a total mockery of the ineffectual attempts by park administrators at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to rid the world of so-called “inappropriate” images of the park’s World Heritage-listed landscape, then it is the astounding footage that you can see at Google Earth.
From Wikipedia: “Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program that was originally called EarthViewer 3D, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe.”
The image that you can see on this page is one that I created using Google Earth as I zoomed into the rugged terrain of Kata Tjuta and finally selected a composition that I was happy to go “click” with. This image is a screenshot and shows exactly what was on my computer monitor at the time I touched the Print Screen button.
The part of Kata Tjuta that you can see here is an area known as the Valley of the Winds. There is a walking track that runs through this location and in fact you can spot he track as it winds its way from the bottom left-hand corner of the image to the top right-hand corner (or is it vice versa?).
The Valley of the Winds is regarded as one of the prettiest and most spectacular short walks in Australia but, sadly, it also off-limits to all commercial photography. Which not only means that advertisements cannot be filmed here but magazine articles cannot use imagery of the area if they are publishing a story about this walk.