Category Archives: at Burning Man

A Black Rock City Retrospective - 2006 to 2010
with notes on Burning Man 2011 - Rites of Passage

Black Rock City Deep Playa Sanctuary – A Rat’s Nest

Far out at the periphery of the Burning Man venue, there is a four foot high net “fence” which defines the event site. The ‘Trash Fence’, as it is called, serves several purposes. For one, it defines the furthest authorized … Continue reading

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Burning Man 2015 segue 2016

2015 brought a different sort of Burning Man for me. As I was experiencing my tenth year on the Playa, my early 40s son was experiencing his first. Over the previous few years, the renown of the event has grown … Continue reading

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Embrace Burning Man

Ah back now from Black Rock City. So much to do. The dusty contents of my car are spread between the front lawn and the garage. I am now showered, rested, and fed. Going through the photos is the best … Continue reading

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Burning Man Tickets 2014

38,000 tickets to Burning Man sold in 42 minutes. And that’s not the most astonishing thing. You see, each buyer was allowed to purchase only two tickets which means there were a minimum of 19,000 purchasers. Each purchaser had to … Continue reading

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Burning Man 2013 – Name This Art

What can I say about Burning Man and especially the art this year? I can think of a few words – like amazing, fantastic, sublime, thought-provoking, gorgeous. But these pale efforts come nowhere close to how the art this year … Continue reading

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Burning Man 2012

Nobody knew what to expect this year, but really one never does. That, in fact, is precisely what I most love about Burning Man, and what keeps me coming back to the dust and harshness of the Black Rock Playa. … Continue reading

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Costume Art at Burning Man

What is an appropriate Burning Man costume? There are as many answers to that as there are participants. Everything, anything. Or nothing. Costuming ranges from the gothic grunge of the DPW (Dept of Public Works) and the Death Guild, to … Continue reading

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The Burning Man 2012 Ticket Drama Continues

Ten days, now, before the gates to Black Rock City open and I begin to wonder how many of the BLM permitted 60,900 will actually be at Burning Man this year. How many of those once precious tickets will lie … Continue reading

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Mirage on the Black Rock Desert

It is nearly quiet here in my edge-of-town Reno garden. There is a soft, consistent, white traffic sound, like a stream flowing hidden among trees, a waterfall behind a knoll of rock, an off-trail Sierra lakeside with afternoon wind moving … Continue reading

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Burning Man 2012 – before the burn

Burning Man is transitioning – change is afoot. Last year, for the first time ever, the 50,000 allocated tickets sold out. The results last year were desperate would-be burners who had always waited til just before the event to plonk … Continue reading

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The Spectrum of Burning Man Art – from Otic Oasis to Tympani Lambada

The art of Burning Man. I suppose it is a bigger part of the whole to some and a lesser part to others. I love it and use most of my energy chasing it down. The variety of pieces is … Continue reading

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in the company of Charon

The most impressive and special of the Burning Man art installations draw people to their neighborhoods. This year everyone wanted to see The Octopus Art Car . And everyone wanted to see Charon.

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Art Cars at Burning Man 2 – Ring Around The Man

Photographing the Art Cars during the day is easy. The night shots are much more challenging. The light levels on the playa tend to be quite low – you don’t generally need enough light to see, just enough to be … Continue reading

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Art Cars at Burning Man

Mutant Vehicles, also called Art Cars, are Burning Man’s version of motorized transportation. They vary in size from the sweet little single seat cupcakes to colossal multi-story structures.

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Burning Man 2011 Exodus – one hour neighborhoods

A seven hour Exodus was my Burning Man Rite of Passage this year. Rather like your first full on playa dust storm, Exodus is one of the many challenges we rationalize as part of the Burning Man experience, to allow … Continue reading

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