|Some of the photos on this page were taken by myself and some
were taken by Yvonne Underhill, who also appears in
several of the photos. No per-photo credits are given.
Click on any photo to see a larger version with more detail. :-)
Most of the first day was spent setting up the dome, the
shower and unloading enough of the truck to get to the
materials to build the nose.
The box contains all the nuts and bolts for the dome
and is where the center of the dome will ultimate be.
The 120 struts needed for the dome are layed out in
piles. That's Center Camp in the background...
You can see the base of the dome layed out. That funny
pose Yvonne is striking is really just an effort to balance
against the wind. Increasingly rarely there was
wind without dust...
Domes are pretty straightforward to build. Yvonne and I
assembled this one fairly quickly.
Sometimes it was calm and quiet... but it was still hot.
Once the dome was built it was time to cover it. This
dust storm stayed for a while and we sheltered behind the
tarp during the worst of it. Center Camp would normally
be seen right behind the dome.
Once the dome was covered I set up the shower. Then it
was time to prepare for the construction of the Desert Nose.
You can see piles of struts which were sorted by the color
of tape on them. Later those piles were sorted numerically.
It was still Tuesday, almost a week before Burning Man's
official opening, and there was almost nobody around us
except Sound Camp. So a trip to the outhouses was a
straight shot across the desert.
The whole time people were working on Center Camp and
the penguins watched it all come together.
...they watched when there wasn't a dust-storm, that is...
Only the struts needed for the lower levels of the nose
needed to be sorted to begin with. Why create or preserve
order before it is needed unless there is something to
By the time the sky looked like this we were both so
tired we could barely think. But a sunset doesn't
require much thought to enjoy, thankfully.
Oh, we are so at Burning Man now...
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