One of the reasons why we love it like we do out here

Me, the sky and the spires.
Me, the sky and the spires.

You can be going from here to there, just doing the things that you need to do, and you don’t even notice that the sky is changing and the colors are intensifying and the desert floor is beginning to glow. You’re just going about your business. And then you happen to stop and look up and you realize, wait … look at that. Just LOOK at that.  The sky is  all dark, the hills all glow-y, and the crusty playa surface all contrasty and textural.

And then you remember, yeah, it’s not really the very worst place you could be.

About the author: John Curley

John Curley (that's me) has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 I spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. I loved it, and I've been doing it ever since. I was a newspaper person In a previous life, and I spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle. At the time I left, in 2007, I was the deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since then, I've turned a passion for photography into a second career. I shoot for editorial, commercial and private clients, and I'm especially fond of shooting weddings. I'm also the editor at large of the Tasting Panel magazine, which is devoted to the beverage industry. I've also taught a bit, including two years at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a year at San Francisco State University. I live on a (house)boat in Alameda, California.

One thought on “One of the reasons why we love it like we do out here

  • So beautiful I want to cry… because I won’t be there this year!!
    I only went once, last year, and the nostalgia is killing me.
    Hope to be there next year maybe! Have fun everyone, and, yes, don’t forget to stop and absorb all the natural beauty around you!

    Gisèle, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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