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November 18, 2005

Burning Man: Sunset

Filed under: General — phil @ 11:53 am

The sun, on the playa, is like the fridge light to the cockroaches. It comes on and the roaches scurry for safety. In our case, we scurry under shade and drink lots of water. Sometimes venturing out into the daytime world to see the sights, or work our shifts. Mostly, however, we just sit under our shade and drink our water and plan our evening.

The sun setting is a hallowed event. Usually there is yelling or screaming or cannon fire or heavy drinking. We aren’t particularly loud, and we didn’t have a cannon, so we opted for the heavy drinking. At least 3 of the nights we were out there we could go out onto the street and, as the sun set, throw back shots of 151. Not a bad way to start things.

One of the events that marked the passing of the orb of light out of our sight, this year, was the fire cannons. Even if you weren’t really paying attention, you couldn’t miss the deep whoooomp of the cannons firing. You could feel it in your chest. Detect it’s rumblings in the ground below you. You could also see the smoke rings that it generated:



To watch the cannons fire was intriguing. You would hear the sound and see a black mushroom cloud appear from the ground. The force of the blast with enough upward momentum to “spin” the cloud away and congeal into a ring. It was really cool.

And as the rings ascended and eventually dissipated, you were left with the pink clouded sky. The last signs of the day that had kept the cities occupants under wraps. Who were now emerging and beginning the night long party that would eventually welcome the sun back the following day.



  1. Glad someone finally told me what that black smoke ring was. 🙂

    Comment by tim — November 19, 2005 @ 10:58 am

  2. You never asked, now, did you?

    Wow, that photo is early on. The blinds are still up in front of Max’s tent, and you can actually see clear through to Delirium.

    Yay. More photos, please.

    Comment by Amanda — November 21, 2005 @ 9:25 am

  3. That’s quite a brilliantly constructed and operational shower in that last picture. That camp must have rocked!

    Comment by The Loop — November 26, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

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