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Took me over a week, but I finally unscrambled my brains enough to edit my photos from Burning Man, winnowing down 910 shots to a mere 145.

Portage


It was a great week, for the most part. As Montreal Regional Contact I was proud to see our community come together to build an artwork to represent our region in this year's CORE -- the Circle of Regional Effigies. "Portage" was a lovely work and it burned spectacularly. I had the honour of working on the CORE Burn perimeter on Thursday night; that was glorious. When the legs finally burned through, Portage came down with a most satisfyingly loud series of CRACKs, CRUNCHes, and THUDs.

Portage Burn Wrangler! Portage Post-Collapse


But for me the real reward was the energy the project has generated in the Montreal Burner community, bringing us together into a coherent team, transcending boundaries of language and culture. Can't wait to see what the Bruleurs cook up next!

It was wonderful to camp with the Penguins again. I was with the Lost Penguin Cafe for my first Burn in 2005, but for some reason I camped elsewhere in '06, '08, and '09. Finally this year I returned to the flock. There is really something special about the Penguins; they work hard, have a strong sense of tribal identity, they're dedicated to hospitality and sharing, and they're a perverse bunch of flightless birds. What's not to love?

The Lost Penguin Three Penguins Cory & Science


As usual, the trip to the desert was trying, exhausting, and expensive, but well worth it. I didn't do and see a small fraction of all the things I wanted to do and see, but I guess I'm getting old. Just don't have the energy that I used to. It was bone cold most nights, and Friday night was a complete write-off due to horrendous wind and dust.

But I loved introducing my good friends Gloria and Owen (now "G-Spot" and "Sweaty Nut") to the Penguins and to the Playa. And who should happen to be camped across the street from the Penguins (at Liminal Labs) but an old SF-writing pal -- Cory Doctorow! One of those wacky Playa coincidences.

Over the years I have come to the conclusion that this is the purpose of Black Rock City: it's a big machine for the generation of coincidence.

The Man Ignites El Pulpo Mechanico G-Spot & Science


Portage has burned. The Man has burned. So has Wall Street, and the Temple. And so we begin another Burner Year. Looking forward to taBURNak! the Fourth (Montreal's Decompression event), and onwards to ever greater things.

Next year will be even better!

Date: 2012-09-13 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] papersky.livejournal.com
That looks absolutely awesome.

Date: 2012-09-13 05:22 pm (UTC)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
From: [personal profile] kshandra
Marvelous pictures.

I wound up skipping the CORE burn this year - I had such a lousy experience dodging yahoos on my way back from the commissary that I decided to stay home and be jaded and bitter in camp. *wry smile* I did get out and see the effigies earlier in the week, though, and got a definite charge out of knowing people involved with so many of them.

I more than made up for missing CORE by having the privilege of a Great Circle laminate on Burn Night, though (a gift from my DMV boss). It worked out beautifully for me, as my camp mayors were the shin and helmsman for Oregon Fire Conclave, so I got to sit with them. (It was their final year in those roles, as they're moving out of state, so it was a HUGE night for both of them.) OMG, the heat was insane, though - we backed all the way up to L3K when the Pavilion finally caught, and I still wound up putting my goggles on to protect my eyes.

And I so totally get what you're saying about the Penguins. It's so very important out there not to just have a camp, but to have a Home, and I've been incredibly fortunate to find that home twice - first with the B(o)(o)by Bar, and now with M*A*S*H 4207. (Y'all need to come back to the 3:00 side of the City, though, so I have a better chance of visiting you out there; I almost never make it past Center Camp.)

Date: 2012-09-13 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grimmwire.livejournal.com
Yeah, the heat built up in the Man base until there was a huge flashover. White hot! The newbies all around me were all going "Yikes! Is that supposed to happen?" I was kinda glad not to be up near the front.

Date: 2012-09-13 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rezendi.livejournal.com
I miss the dust.

Next year.

Date: 2012-09-13 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bee-york.livejournal.com
That looks so fracking amazing.

One of these days, I will go....

Date: 2012-09-14 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slobberpuppy.livejournal.com
The CORE project turned out great - nice work!

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