Up, Up and Away

by Lana Stuart on October 20, 2010 · 5 comments

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What is it about hot air balloons? To me, they’re both magical and majestic at the same time. Works of art floating across beautiful blue skies.

Last weekend BeeBop and I went to a hot air balloon festival near our house. It was the first time I’ve ever seen them up close like this. We watched, fascinated, as the pilots and crews unpacked and inflated these beautiful aircraft.

Here are a few of the photos I took at the festival on Saturday. Hope you enjoy!

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival

If you ever have an opportunity to attend a balloon festival, don’t miss the “glow.” That’s what happens near sundown when the balloons are all inflated, tethered to the ground, and the pilot sends up a pillar of flame into the balloons illuminating it from the inside. Breathtaking!

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival

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1 Tien October 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I went on a hot air balloon ride once with my friend about 13 years ago. It was so magical to see the ground fade away as we were ascending. It was during the day so thank you for sharing the picture of the hot air balloon at night. -Tien

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2 {Clockwork Lemon} October 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I love hot air balloons too! I’ve never been lucky enough to go in one though.

Beautiful photographs

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3 Drick October 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

nice shots, would like to see the ‘glow’ myself, and up close….thanks

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4 Barbara @moderncomfortfood October 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I wish I’d been there with you. Hot air balloons are so beautiful as physical objects, but the idea of them has also captured my fancy since childhood. Just floating quietly in the breeze, no rush, seeing the world around us from another perspective, and wondering what interesting things might lie just there, over the horizon. So romantic. Perhaps I’m still just a kid at heart.

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5 Teri October 21, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I know exactly how you feel.
One of my first posts was about our first hot air balloon festival this past summer.
It really is awesome.
Your pics are beautiful.

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