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The annual Rainbow Gathering is temporary camping village with thousands of hippies of all ages celebrating Peace and Love (and smoking a lot of pot!) during one week in a remote site on some public land. It takes place at a different location every year.

All night long, participants gather around large bonfires and dance at the sound of tribal drums.

Unlike Burning Man, this event is totally free and not organized. Free food is served by community kitchens (donations are accepted). There is no organization, no program, no rules (except Peace and Love), and no commercial activity.

If this sounds interesting, check out
The Rainbow Family of Living Light or look at alt.gathering.rainbow.

You can also read this good newspaper article about the 2004 Rainbow Gathering.

Those are the best of the photos I took during 3 days (and 2 nights) at the 2004 Rainbow Gathering (my first) in the beautiful Modoc National Forest in Northern California, during the 4th of July 2004 week-end.

Those photos don't give a really good idea of what this event is about, but it's a glimpse of what I saw there.

If this looks interesting and if you feel hippy enough, then you should go to one of those, it's a unique experience, and a chance to meet many very cool people!

Equipment used: Sony DSC F828 (8 Mega-pixel) with 4GB Microdrive.

If you like those photos, check out my Photo Gallery at www.loupiote.com.

rainbow-peace-chain - rainbow gathering - hippie, crowd, hippie, peace circle
peace circle - rainbow gathering - hippie, crowd, hippie, peace circle
crowd in peace circle - rainbow gathering - hippie, aerial photo, crowd, hippie, peace circle
watchman - rainbow gathering - hippie, binoculars, head scarf, hippie, watchman
big-tipi - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie, indian tipi
orange-man - rainbow gathering - hippie - peter, hat, hippie, man, orange color, peter doty
rock-over-main-circle - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie, mountain, outcrop, rock
crowd around altar - rainbow gathering - hippie, altar, crowd, hippie
dancers-in-main-circle - rainbow gathering - hippie, banners, crowd, hippie
altar - rainbow gathering - hippie, altar, crowd, hippie
native american shaman drum, crowd, dancing, hippie, native american drum, native american shaman drum
hippie jesus with weed crown - rainbow gathering, ganja, hemp, hippie, jesus christ, leaves, man, weed
fairy-camp-circle - holding hands - rainbow gathering - hippie, circle, hippie, holding hands
tree-camp - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie, tree camp, tree sitters
tree-camp-closeup - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie, tree branches, tree camp, tree sitters
climbers - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie, tree camp, tree sitters, tree trunk
rainbow-tarp - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie
rainbow-tarp - rainbow gathering - hippie, colorful, hippie
stone cairn in backlight, backlight, hippie, mountain, stone cairn
surprise-valley - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie, surprise-valley
luiza - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie, snow, woman
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire spinning, fire staff, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancers - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer  - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
bonfire - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
bonfire-and-fire-dancers - rainbow gathering - hippie, bonfire, crowd, fire dancers, fire spinners, forest, glowing, hippie, night, silhouettes, trees
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
bonfire rainbow gathering - hippie, bonfire, crowd, fire, hippie, night
fire-dancer-using-lightsticks - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, led lights, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
bonfire-under-stars - rainbow gathering - hippie, bonfire, hippie, night, stars, trees
kid-on-swing - rainbow gathering - hippie, child, hippie, kid
oven - stove - rainbow gathering - hippie, communal kitchen, hippie, oven, stove
hippy-kid-with-ukulele - rainbow gathering - hippie, backpack, boy, child, guitar, hippie, kid, ukulele
punk-rock-kitty - rainbow gathering - hippie, child, face painting, facepaint, hippie, kid, little girl, painted
stardust-painting-kid - rainbow gathering - hippie, child, hippie, kid
parabolic solar stove, hippie, parabolic mirror, parabolic reflector, satellite dish, solar energy, solar stove
main-circle - rainbow gathering - hippie, backlight, crowd, hippie, main circle
main-circle-supper - rainbow gathering - hippie, backlight, crowd, hippie, main circle
main-circle-supper - rainbow gathering - hippie, backlight, hippie, main circle
8472-main-circle-supper - rainbow gathering - hippie, aerial photo, hippie, main circle
small-supper-circle - rainbow gathering - hippie, circle, hippie, holding hands
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
ebbie-fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
light-dancer-drawing-peace-sign - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
light-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire poi, fire spinning, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire spinning, fire staff, hippie, night, spinning fire
fire-dancer - rainbow gathering - hippie, fire dancer, fire dancing, fire performer, fire spinning, fire staff, hippie, night, spinning fire
psy-trance - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie, trance
stretching - rainbow gathering - hippie, forest, hippie, man, stretching, tree log
flags - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie
rainbow gathering - hippie hats, hats, hippie, men
dog-with-backpack - rainbow gathering - hippie, backpacker, backpacks, dog backpack, hippie
rainbow american flag, american flag, hippie, rainbow flag, us flag
hippie girl selling fuzzy hats, hippie, sana, woman
meditating - rainbow gathering - hippie, hats, hippie, meditation, men
butterflies-not-bombs - rainbow gathering - hippie, butterfly, hippie, kite, yellow
camps-signs - rainbow gathering - hippie, camp signs, directions, hippie, tree trunk
asha-with-guy - rainbow gathering - hippie, asha, hippie, man, sitting, woman
very tall and unstable cairn - rainbow gathering 2004, asha, hippie, rocks, stone cairn, woman
mounted police - rainbow gathering - hippie - horses, hippie, horses, law enforcement, mounted police, park rangers
crazy-skateboarder - rainbow gathering - hippie, hippie, man, skateboard, skateboarder, skateboarding
elf - rainbow gathering - hippie, elf costume, hippie
body-art - mehndi - henna tattoo - rainbow gathering - hippie, body art, hands, henna tattoo, hippie, mehndi designs, temporary tattoo
hippie guy playing didgeridoo - rainbow gathering 2004, didgeridoo, hippie, moglee
guitar-players - rainbow gathering - hippie, guitar players, guitars, hippie
guitar-players - rainbow gathering - hippie, guitar players, guitars, hippie
guitar-player - rainbow gathering - hippie, guitar player, hippie
i have been away from my family for too long! thank you for sharing the sights :):)