What you’re seeing is a live image, refreshing once a minute, from a camera atop Burning Man’s Gerlach office, aiming north towards the playa. The Gerlach water tower is on the right and Bruno’s is across the street. If you had x-ray vision and a good telescope, you’d be able to see where Black Rock City rises from the dust every year.
(Please note: this camera is maintained by one hard-working Burning Man staffer living in Gerlach, who not only supports Burning Man’s tech needs there, but also supports Gerlach residents with the WiFi service we provide for them year-round. Given the demands on his time, it may take a while to get the camera back up and running when it goes down, which it does occasionally. Your patience is appreciated.)