Thursday, July 22, 2010

Skywatch

At dawn last Saturday we were in Cincinnati at a balloon festival. As the sun was rising, the balloons were unrolled on the grass.
A crew of helpers is needed to hold the balloon.





A burner directs the flame into the balloon and the heated air makes it buoyant. I am always surprised that the balloon doesn't catch on fire.


These two crazy balloons were fun to watch as they inflated and took off.
In the U.S. a pilot of a hot air balloon must have a pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Up, up and away... I am always excited to see hot air balloons.
Skies from around the world can be seen at Skywatch on the sidebar.

28 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What fun, colorful balloons! I love balloon festivals and my daughter and I went to one in CA and took a balloon ride -- the most fun ever!! Such lovely skies and your photos are delightful! Have a beautiful weekend, Carol!

Sylvia

Eve said...

I LOVE balloon festivals! There are so many creative balloon designs and the photo opportunities are endless! :)

Carolyn Ford said...

Aren't these just FUN! I love balloons. We are hoping, with fingers crossed, to go to the Albuquerque, New Mexico Balloon Fiesta in October. All the specialty shapes are amazing.

Janie said...

I love the sunset photo, and the way you've documented the process of getting a balloon in the air!

Kcalpesh said...

I love your photobase.. you've got some really mesmerizing captures here...
Pixellicious Photos

Manang Kim said...

Carol, this is the most beautiful air balloon I have ever seen. It's funny and colorful just make everybody happy watching this fly fly away!

SWF~Half moon

Tricia said...

Every time I see hot air balloons the 1st thing I think of is "how do they not catch fire?" It amazes me... almost as much as what the ride would, but not quite!

Now those are some funny characters... Lots of fun! Great shots!

Deb said...

they are so pretty to watch..would't want to ride in them though....

EG Wow said...

I enjoy hot air balloons but rarely see them around here any more. They used to land in a field near by that is now used by kids playing soccer. Oh well, at least I can enjoy yours. The green balloon definitely made me chuckle and smile. :)

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Beautiful air balloon skywatch :)

Beverley Baird said...

Great sequenceof shots of the balloons. What fun designs! Great skies as well!
Did you go up? Don't know if I would! Love to watch though.

ewok1993 said...

what a fun festival and the balloons are all hilariously pretty. great shots.

Barb said...

Carol - I'm surprised you didn't jump aboard for a ride! I'm going to NM in the fall for the balloon festival. (Like you , I'll stay on the ground with my camera!)

joo said...

It's a funniest balloon I've ever seen in my life:)

Titania said...

Hi Carol, those balloons are really fun.I have never seen such colourful creatures in the sky. A few years ago one landed nearly on my roof. He made it to the paddock and crash landed there. The people scrambled out of the overturned basket luckily no body was injured.

Eaglesbrother said...

Those are some balloons...never saw any that looked like that....amazing what people can come up with for fun..great skies to fly them in too.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the balloons, did you go for a ride?

Hildred and Charles said...

What a great post for watching the sky, - I would be fascinate with those giant insects and veggies floating around overhead. Very colourful and fun post.

Hilda said...

These are such fun balloons! They look funny while they're being inflated. ;)

diane said...

Your sky is certainly full of interesting things.

syel said...

i've never seen hot air balloons like these! the sky is indeed gorgeous with these floating around! :)

Lesley said...

That was fun, to see what shape these balloons were going to blow up into.

jabblog said...

Hot air balloons are a wonderful sight and when there are lots flying it's unbelievable! Lovely photos - great balloons - tiny baskets . . .

Dimple said...

I have never been physically at a balloon festival, but pictures like these help me to go! I have often wondered that the balloons don't catch fire, also, and although it makes sense for the pilots to have licenses, I didn't know they were required.

Great shots!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Che belli questi palloni colorati.
Fantasiosi !!
Un giro mi sarebbe piaciuto poterlo fare !
Tu sei salita sopra ?
Buona serata.

Steffi said...

Funny and nice photos!Thank you for sharing!

'Tsuki said...

Great shots ! I love baloons, and this one is funny, indeed...

Ann said...

I like non traditional sahped ones. I haven't been on one, but my brother's family have, and they say it is not exactly comfortable.