The art car "El Pulpo Mecanico," a mechanical octopus created mostly from scrap metal by artist Duane Flatmo, displayed its impressive flame effects on the opening night of Burning Man 2012.
Pappy's Master Bait Shop on "The Pier," a massive installation by artist Matt Schultz and crew, at Burning Man 2012.
The interior of the Temple of Juno, with its ornate walls made of filigreed wood, offered a place for reflection and prayer and an altar for departed loved ones. It was the sixth Burning Man temple created by Petaluma, California-based artist and temple-builder David Best.
An art car drifts under stormy skies at Burning Man 2012.
People climb on "Star Seed," an installation by artist Kate Raudenbush, on a windy and dusty afternoon at Burning Man 2012.
Two performance artists from the Vancouver troupe 64 Arts at Burning Man 2012.
Fire-spinners perform before the Man goes up in flames at Burning Man 2012.
"Burn Wall Street," a massive installation by Otto Von Danger and Crew, at Burning Man 2012.
Laura Kimpton poses in front of "The Ego Project," an installation she created with fellow artists Michael Garlington and Jonny Hirschmugl at Burning Man 2012.
A motley group of colorfully-costumed participants at Burning Man 2012.
Four bikes, each carrying side panels illuminated by a letter, rode around after dark at Burning Man 2012.
Dozens of art cars, including several impressive desert ships, gather at "The Pier," an installation by Matt Schultz and crew, at Burning Man 2012.
Burning Man participants dressed in white take part in an early-morning procession at the Temple of Juno.
Shannon, a longtime Burner from California, dances in a dust of a windy afternoon with nothing on but a silk.
A magic mushroom art car ferries people across the playa at Burning Man 2012.
A Burner takes a smoke at Center Camp Cafe at Burning Man 2012.
Suit-clad bankers from the "Exchanghibition Bank," an installation and performance art project at Burning Man 2012.
Uncle Ira, a veteran Burner known for his colorful outfits, came to Burning Man 2012 with a suit made entirely from duct tape.
Al Fink, a performance artist from San Francisco also known as Cappy Buchon, wore a handmade bottle cap suit at Burning Man 2012.
The Man goes up in flames on the penultimate night of Burning Man 2012.
Three friends watch the Man go up in flames at Burning Man 2012.
Meegan and Benjamin, a couple from Denver, kiss under a heart-shaped metal sculpture at Burning Man 2012.
A dancer from San Francisco who calls herself Ka appeared at Burning Man 2012 in a breathtaking full-body outfit made almost entirely of feathers.
Hooper Kaytibunny Roberts performs an impromptu sunrise dance at Burning Man 2012.
Siberfi, a costume-designer from London, brought his 6-month old baby – outfitted with special bunny ears – to Burning Man 2012.