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 has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 he spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. John is a longtime newspaper person and spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was a deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since leaving the Chronicle in 2007, he was a contributing editor on Blue Planet Run, a book about the world's water crisis, and for the past two years has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He has also started an event and editorial photography business, and is also working on a book about the "Ten Dollar Doc" from Arco, Idaho, which will make a lovely film someday.

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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