Well, I don't have any pictures. I generally don't carry a camera to Burning Man. But there are lots of pictures on Flicker -- just search Burning Man 2010. There are also pictures in the Image Gallery of the Burning Man web site.
You will find the most pictures of a sculpture called Bliss Dance -- this year's biggest hit. Bliss Dance is a 40 foot tall steel sculpture of a dancing woman with stainless steel mesh skin. At night, colored lights shine thru the skin. Absolutely lovely.
Over 51.000 people participated this year -- a new record.
I brought two pianos -- real 500-pound pianos that I put wheels on so they could be moved easily -- and lots of people played them and listened to them. I may have a picture of that.
We were four adults and one toddler in Millicent. With supplies and toys for ten days, it was cramped. But the biggest issue was gray water. I still have only one 64 gallon gray water tank. So I cut a window in the bus skin and marked the tank in 1" increments, and wrote up a schedule. That is, we used only so much fresh water as we had gray water capacity for, day by day. This worked out fine -- we reached full on the last day. The "black" tank was no problem -- it holds 70 gallons and is nowhere near full.
Again, shade is the key to camping under the hot sun. We stretched our 40x40 tarp across the roof bows and off to the south, where we tied it to a big rental truck (plus two poles and lots of rope). So after mid-morning, practically no sun hit Millicent at all. Very comfy.
We brought a full size refrigerator this year. We powered it -- and the microwave, and the metal chop saw, and the air compressor etc -- with a Honda EU3000. Ten days running non-stop, mostly at idle, burned only something like 27 gallons of gasoline. And those EU generator are almost silent. Highly recommended.
I did catch up with Elkoskoolie and saw his black-and-white Gillig. Fabulously friendly and helpful guy.
Don't know what else to say about the event itself.... I must, as always, point out that Burning Man is not for everyone. And for those who "belong there", it must be experienced in person. And it is different for each individual.
I think my favorite camp to visit was Duck Pond. Duck Pond is primarily a bar, but they have a huge slip-n-slide out front. You strip down, take a good run at it, and throw yourself onto the wet plastic. Some people managed to slide the whole way -- must have been 50 feet or more. Good clean fun! (Except you will get quite muddy, of course!) I don't know how many barrels of water they brought for that slip-n-slide, but it was a lot.
Excessively loud "techno" music continues to be a problem. Among 50.000 people there are always a few thousand "ravers", and that would be fine -- if their disc jockeys didn't all compete for "Loudest And Most Repetitive Thumping" all week long. I'm moving to the (supposedly) quiet side of the city next year.
But all forms of music are out there. I stumbled across a Square Dancing Camp with live fiddle, mandolin etc.
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Almost forgot about Captain Smashy with the red Blue Bird! I see him every year because I know several folks in his Village. Great bunch, all of them.
Millicent pulled the mountains just fine. Great to have a tach. One of these days I'll get back to that on the Millicent thread.
I'll see if I can find that picture now.
Here we are:
This guy is a concert pianist, and he played some mighty fancy classical works. Pretty cool stuff out in the bleeping desert!