WOW! A spectacular sight!
, the 44th
annual Balloon Fiesta started October 3.
This nine-day even draws thousands to watch the 1000-plus balloons that
ascend into the sky at dawn. This event
started in a mall parking lot and now calls a 72-acre balloon park home. A wide array of flying competitions are
included today, such as cross country races, splash and dash flights across the
Rio Grande and lighted balloon evenings. Albuquerque
This shot shows you how big these balloons are
The balloons start out flat on the ground
This is my photo taken from behind glass, so it's not real clear. This is how they blow the hot air in to start with - a torch and big fans
Here is another shot once the balloon is lifted off the ground.
And another of the flame.
Balloons in the air. I love all the colors!
Once I got over my fright, I was able to enjoy taking pictures with my 110 camera. This was way before digital, so all my photos are in a box and I hope they’re still good since they’ve been stored for years.
This is really a feast for the eyes.
If you ever do this, beware it’s an early morning event as the air is better for lift off. I did this in February and it was quite chilly before sunrise. Do take advantage of walking around to see the science behind lifting these gigantic silent flyers into the air. First, the crew spreads out the fabric, and then they use big blowers to push enough air into the balloons to raise them. At this point, they light the heater and the balloon raises enough to stand up and tower way over a human’s head. Someone has to tether the ropes until lift off. Once the basket is loaded, it’s up, up and away, bringing back visions of the Wizard of Oz.
Here's another of my photos taken behind glass again, so sorry for the glare and haziness.
Another of my photos taken from behind glass
Landing can be a bit of a bumpy ride, but ballooning should be on everyone’s bucket list.