Fourth of Juplaya

I headed out into the desert for the first time July, 4, 2012 for Fourth of Juplaya. Camping groups, many of which descend on Burning Man in September, found their way out onto the Black Rock Desert’s playa for the fourth. I didn’t really know what to expect when I got off the paved road and headed into the playa, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was noon so the sun was high and hot, but with the breeze the heat wasn’t unbearable.

Vehicles send a cloud of dust into the air as they make their way across the Black Rock Desert.

Following the tracks left by other campers the writer and I were able to navigate the flat land and make our way to a camp about five miles from the entrance. 

No one we met out on the playa was hesitant to have their photo taken, which was one of the worries that I had.

Jennifer Kesler, of San Francisco, with camp Black Rock Cotillion and Dinner Social stands outside her groups main tent in the Black Rock Desert for Fourth of Juplaya.

Jennifer Kesler and Wayne Thibaudeaux, of San Francisco, with camp Black Rock Cotillion and Dinner Social relax in the Black Rock Desert in their main tent for Fourth of Juplaya.

Gregor Holmes, of San Francisco, with camp Black Rock Cotillion and Dinner Social secures the front of his two level A-Frame tent in the Black Rock Desert for Fourth of Juplaya.

From there we left for another camp not to far away. Where I was able to get some photos of fire spinners practicing during the day. We were directed to a camp that we could hardly make out in the distance.

Katherine Roubos (left), of Oakland, Calif., and Lisa Benham, of San Jose, Calif., practice spinning Poi outside of a camp in the Black Rock Desert for the Fourth of Juplaya celebration.

This camp was called Horizon Wind Oasis and was run by the Department of Tethered Aviation.  We were given a tour of the camp which included a shower, kitchen area, living space, and a public sitting area. The amount of work it took to build this camp basically from scratch was impressive.

A view of the Department of Tethered Aviation’s camp Horizon Wind Oasis.

A chair is displayed outside the Department of Tethered Aviation’s camp Horizon Wind Oasis as an art piece.

2 Comments

  1. Jay Grabiec July 9, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    The quality of light out on those flats is so beautiful. Good work man.

    • danieldamianiphoto July 9, 2012 at 9:53 am #

      Thanks, even for noon the light was nice out there I would love to see what it’s like at dawn or dusk.

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