Friday, October 8, 2010

Balloon Fiesta - Friday Morning

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What a treat - finally, we are at the 39th International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque New Mexico! Balloonists start very early. How early? Let's just say the breakfast venues close at 7:00 AM. We have never attended an event starting in the dark.

From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning
From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning

From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning

We're skipping many photos taken in the dark to get right to the action. Balloons are being prepared for launch as soon as dawn approaches.

From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning
From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning
From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning

The couple in the foreground look as though they're wondering what to see next. With 385 acres of balloons preparing to launch, it isn't an easy choice.

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From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning
From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning

The scale of these giants are deceiving. From the air they look puny, but when standing right next to them, it's an entirely different matter.

From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning
From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning
From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning

Here are some of the specialty balloons, meaning not of typical shape. . .

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From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning
From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning

Here are some we thought exceptionally pretty. . .

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From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning
From Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Friday Morning

After taking over 500 photos this morning, including them all is impossible. Here is a brief slide show, and the 100+ best photos can be found on the web album. Have fun and we hope you enjoy then all!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!!
Wonder if there is another festival in spring time. We could stop on our way back to Montreal.

Diane & Michel

Eva Gallant said...

Love your photos! and love the stagecoach balloon!