Burning Man 2010 Part 3

After the storm rolled through we had three calm dust free days. We had a mutant vehicle with both a day and night license and camp was all squared away.  To top it off we had some fantastic neighbors. Prime time to soak up some Burning Man.  The next three days were a kaleidoscope of chance encounters, exploration, amazing art, and gifted food that always arrived at the right time. Burning man is all about participation, no spectators here.  More time was spent participating than the last burn, so the camera stayed in the bag longer.  I struggle with this each time, there are tons of interesting things to photograph, but also tons of interesting things to experience.  More of my time was spent experiencing the event rather than photographing it.  Still working on finding a balance, guess I will have to try again.

One of the art installations we visited on one of our early morning bike rides:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art

Once again we visit Bliss Dance on our morning ride:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art Bliss Dance

Mant Farm by Sober Free Society:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art Mant Farm

As I said we had amazing neighbors.  Once again we were just across the street from the Bloody Maryland camp.  My First burn got off to a bad start and was turned around by their Tuesday morning brunch. Just like my last visit they brought their costume tent and all were decked out in great costumes:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Bloody Maryland

All of our neighbors had great costumes:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Neighbors Costumes

After dealing with the harsh environment on my first burn I made a personal rule.  Well actually I called it a commandment.  “Thou shall not go out in the middle of the day.”  Yah right, I busted that one every day.  Here we are in the middle of the day tooling around Black Rock City on the top level of the Sistine Scaffold.  The City looks a little different from this perspective:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Neighbors Costumes

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Neighbors Costumes

Another early morning ride exploring the art on the playa.

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art OINK

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art OINK

Helix Spire by Erich Remash and Chris Thomas:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art Helix Spire

We found this on the playa and chilled for a while:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art

At the center of  Black Rock City every year, The Man:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art The Man

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art The Man

Spire of Fire by Steve Atkins and Eric Smith:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art Spire of Fire

On one of my rare solo adventures:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art couple

Minaret by Bryan Tedrick:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art Minaret

The Man again:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Art The Man

Twice this year I found it parked, next time I hope to see it moving.

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Mutant Vehicle Walker

My hat was pimped by a neighbor:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Neighbors Costumes

The finished product:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Costumes Andy

Like the first time we gave away neck coolers.  This year we modified the pattern a bit  and wound up with a pretty sweet gift.  My goal with this gift was to make someone’s day.  The plan was to go out in the heat of  the day  with a freezer bag of neck coolers. The line to buy ice was over 45 minutes long, so these were some hot people.  It never took more than a couple of minutes to give them all away.  This couple thanked me several times:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Gifting

On Friday evening the wind picked up and so did the dust:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa sunset dust

Random art in the walk-in camping:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Storm playa Art

Sunset in the Dust:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa sunset dust neighbors

Friday night we took the Sistine Scaffold out to see MEGATROPOLIS burn.  Once the show was over we were caught in a white out. It was pretty surreal.  It took a while, but we made our way back to camp.  We were exhausted and went to bed early.  In the morning we discovered that the dust had obscured the art on the side of the Sistine Scaffold.

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Sistine Scaffold

Part of our tribe began packing up and left just before the burn.  There was a pretty good dust storm during the burn, you  can see some of in in the video in part 5.  Then on Sunday morning things were pretty calm:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Shadow People

Future’s Past by Kate Raudenbush:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Storm Art playa Future's Past

Saw this mutant vehicle on my last morning ride in the city:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa mutant Vehicle

Later on Sunday we went out to the airport. Here one of our neighbors points out the remaining 50,000 neighbors on an aerial map:

Burning Man 2010 Metropolis Black Rock City Playa Neighbor Map

Sunday night was the Temple of Flux burn.  The next morning we were packed up at sunrise and ready to leave the playa.  We stopped for breakfast at a pancake and hamburger feed in Eagleville.  There was a dust covered and burnt out looking couple sharing one plate nearby.  I offered them my ham and they gladly accepted.  At least for a while Burning Man lived on in the default world.    There is more to come. . .

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