In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 photo, people gather outside a temple art structure at Burning Man in Gerlach, Nev. Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather for Burning Man in Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)
The annual Burning Man gathering continues in the Nevada desert through the Labor Day weekend, ending on Sept. 2, 2013.
"Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind."
The event started as a project involving a small group of people in 1986. Now, tens of thousands of people make the annual pilgrimage to Nevada's Black Rock Desert, about 120 miles north of Reno, to create a temporary city dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance.
Whatever it is and whatever it is becoming, each year the photos are dramatic!