Friday, October 07, 2011

SkyWatch: Balloons Over Albuquerque

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I have always loved balloons - in my younger days I toyed with the idea of getting a balloon pilot license myself. So it was a dream come true last week when we went to the 40th Annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It was absolutely wondrous to stand there at dawn among the towering, billowing masses of color, fire, and sound. Wave after wave lifted and rose, baskets brushing by only a few feet away, until the sky was filled with their magic and joy.

These shots are from the mass ascension October 1, where the festival set a new world record: 345 balloons launched in one hour.

And yes, I will be uploading photographs for weeks.

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10 comments:

hannah said...

Hello there.
I clicked on the skywatch linky and it didn't work. Turned out that you had half overlapped the http//: bit. Once I removed that from your addressline I arrived here.
And it was worth it: gorgeous balloon pictures.

MyMaracas said...

Hannah, THANK YOU for your persistence in finding your way here, for your kind comment, and for letting me know how to fix that linky!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

Stasha said...

Lovely. The colors and the blue of the sky, oh my.

Vicki said...

What a magnificent sight! How amazing it must be to see that in person!!

Mariane said...

What an awesome sight to see ALL those balloons - oh my :) Congratulations with your License certifikate

:)


My SkytWatch this week: http://thatphoto.wordpress.com/friday/skywatch/episode-13/

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Stunning photos... a photographers dream!

Daryl said...

WOW .. I sure would have loved to be there .. did you go up?

TorAa said...

What a fantastic and spectacular event
The Photos are excellent

Carletta said...

Spectacular shots!
It looks like it was a splendid day for the event - lovely skies.