Saturday, April 9, 2011

ballooning


Have you ever been hot air ballooning?  It is a peaceful, tranquil, and quiet.  Not to mention the beauty to behold as you hover across your surroundings.  My husband surprised me for my birthday, it was such a wonderful experience.  We got to help set everything up ridiculously early (as the sun was rising) float around for at least an hour with another balloon and then my favorite part, landing.  Apparently there is less control than I thought and you land wherever you can find a larger enough field (our pilot had a teenager driving around following us as we flew with the van and trailer to pick us up wherever we landed).  We ended up landing on some random person's property, they saw us coming and greeted us on the ground.  I asked our pilot how strangers feel about this intrusion, and he said in all his years ballooning there was only one person who was annoyed.  Then as custom they bring out champagne to share among the pilots, riders and land owners as the balloons get put away.  The strangers were so excited that we landed at their home and talk about a great marketing technique as the pilots handed out business cards, awesome!

I love all the colors and balloons captured in this picture by chamcam.  And I highly reccommend going hot air ballooning if you ever have a chance!

April of April Newman Photography

Up Up and Away
up up and away by chamcam

11 comments:

Becky Sue said...

Gorgeous photos! I've been up in a hot air balloon and it is so incredible!

urban muser said...

these picture are amazing april! i have never been hot air ballooning--it looks and sounds so great.

Stephanie said...

Wonderful photos! I love the colors of hot air balloons. I've never been on one but I really really want to!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Oh, I want to go now. Wonderful photos.

Chelsea said...

Thank you for featuring my photo!! It truly was incredible, I recommend hot air ballooning to everyone!!

alicia said...

Gorgeous pics. Oh how I'd love this adventure...

aclamp said...

wonderful colors! never been, although the thought is tempting :)

tara said...

i soooo want to go ballooning, now even more so!

Kirstin said...

I've always wanted to go in a balloon....these are both so colourful and wonderful.

blue elephant photography said...

we drove 3hours before to go to this balloon festival then only to know while we were waiting that they were finally cancelling it due to the wind. crazy day. love this and i do want to go up still!

Karen said...

Yes, going up in a balloon is truly amazing. Love how your photographs reminded me of how wonderful an experience it truly is.

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