Burning Man Pics: Storm Encroaching the Playa

There is nothing quite like the sight of an encroaching storm on the dry desert over Burning Man. In true Over Yonderlust fashion, it rained on us. While normally it can get annoying, there is nothing more magical than a desert storm.

While this picture did make its debut in a previous Burning Man post, I thought I would give it justice by showing it in a larger format.

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Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the American Labor Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. Burning Man is organized by Black Rock City, LLC. In 2010, 51,515 people attended Burning Man.[5] 2011 attendance was capped at 50,000 participants and the event sold out on July 24.[6] In April 2011, Larry Harvey announced that the organization had begun the process of transitioning management of Burning Man over to a new non-profit organization called the “Burning Man Project”. – Wikipedia

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23 Responses to “Burning Man Pics: Storm Encroaching the Playa”

  1. Andi January 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    WOW! This looks like a painting it’s THAT good!

    • Erica January 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      @Andi: Thank you Andi! You are so sweet!

  2. LeslieTravel January 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    That’s an amazing shot! Burning Man seems like a surreal experience. I’d love to check it out one day.

    • Erica January 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

      @Leslie: I still look back and try to make sense of my week in the desert. Most of the time I convince myself to let it be but yes, very surreal. Probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do to date.

  3. greg urbano January 15, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    fantastic shot!

    • Erica January 16, 2011 at 12:45 am #

      @Greg: Thanks!

  4. Natalie - Turkish Travel blog January 15, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    It does have more of an impact when you show it up larger. It is the sky that makes the pictures I think. Coupled with the mountain.

    • Erica January 16, 2011 at 12:46 am #

      @Natalie: I’m going to try and do larger format photos. I’ve gotten really great feedback so I think I’ll continue in the future.

  5. Spencer January 16, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Great photo! I love the sense of desolation and the danger in the clouds. Very foreboding.

    • Erica January 17, 2011 at 3:33 am #

      @Spencer: We had a crazy storm come through that day. It was so surreal!

  6. Federico January 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Nice shot! Was the storm comming or leaving?

    • Erica January 19, 2011 at 2:15 am #

      @Fede: The storm was coming! We had to sit out in the entrance line for 2-3 hours because the mud became so sticky!

  7. Laura January 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Burning Man seems to be coming up a lot lately. I want to go. Great shot!

    • Erica January 19, 2011 at 2:16 am #

      @Laura: Burning Man tickets go on sale on Wednesday so it is quite the topic at the moment. I want to go back but this year we’re going to be in Central/South America so I don’t feel so bad.

  8. Sarah Wu January 21, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    If I can say it to you in person. It will be a long “WOW”.

    • Erica January 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

      @Sarah: Are we talking a WOW with 2 Os? Or more like 6? 32? ♥

  9. Margo January 24, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    A big “wow” that means this: love the kicked up dirt, end of the world feel to it – civilization meeting the untamed wild west kind of thing. 🙂

    • Erica January 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

      @Margo: Thank you! I was gaping at the scenery when we pulled into the desert.

  10. dtravelsround January 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    I LOVE all of your photos!!! 🙂 This one is beautiful — I love the desert and the sky.

    • Erica January 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

      @D: Dawwwwww…… *blush*

  11. Gene Bowker May 1, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Great photo. looks so remote.

    • Erica May 1, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      @Gene: It kind of is! And thanks! I was so inspired by us driving up to Burning Man that it was giving me butterflies!


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