Burning Man is a festival of radical free expression and a culturally charged, musically infused, sculptural, spiritual, artistic, sexually enhanced, mind bending "Woodstock" type of event where all are welcome and everyone is encouraged to participate. Spectating is not allowed. Participating is. It is held every year in late August/early September 200 miles north of Reno Nevada in a temporary "city" where 65,000 people congregate on seven square miles of a dry alkali lake bed...quite literally in the middle of nowhere...to "get their freak on". There are "camps" of many kinds that offer every type of activity you can imagine. You must bring everything you will need for eight days as there is nothing for sale or purchase at Burning Man. You must be self sufficient in all aspects. You are encouraged to "gift" things to other people...small items of personal meaning to you. I brought along a book of some eighty photographic prints I'd made of some of my best work and gifted prints to those whom I thought would appreciate one. If you have never heard of Burning Man I urge you to Google it. I had a blast at the event and it's on my calendar now every year. I brought a lot of gear with me but all these images were shot using only my Canon 5D Mark III and my 24-105 f/4.0 L lens. You can click on any image to enlarge it to full screen.
This art piece known as the Lighthouse was burned to the ground the day before the man burned.A "Bedouin Oasis" out on the Playa.A view across the Playa.This gal had one of the "cooler" bikes on the Playa.Lots of places to enjoy oneself.  These gals were playing tetherball....or, just hang out on a swing and have fun.Looking out over the Playa nearing sunset through one of the metal art sculptures.One of the mutant "art cars".  Buddy in the driver seat is giving me the wave.An interesting art project out on the Playa.Nothing beats a tire swing to have a laugh or two.Another one of the cool mutant bicycles.Dancing at center camp.  Some of the dancers were quite good.Dancers at center camp.  Some were very good.A very cool metal art sculpture out on the Playa.Looking out over the Playa from one of the elevated platforms.A "wedding".  Not sure how much power was vested in the minister.The gals got in on the fun too.It was a lot of fun to watch them smash at each other with foam bats.Even though nobody got hurt some matches were clearly "mis-matches".  lol.This guy got pummelled.