Friday, August 10, 2018

Balloon Festival #SkywatchFriday

After a month of high humidity and above normal rain, interspersed with some sunny days a cold front has come through to give us some relief.  But there is rain in the forecast again for next week.

Still, life goes on.

Last weekend, our area celebrated the 34th Spiedie Fest, a balloon and food rally whose proceeds benefit charity. The festival  celebrates a local food called the spiedie.

There's music,too.

And, of course, where there are hot air balloons, there's also the sky.  The day before, it had rained so much that the first day of the festival was actually cancelled, the first time that's every happened.

But Saturday, the skies cleared out for a day.  And, last Saturday night, the balloons finally launched.

Up, up and away.

This balloon is in shadow, but, after all, I was watching the sky.

Here's that balloon in the sky.

What's wonderful about this rally is that it is small, and you can get so close to the balloons as they are being inflated and prepared for flight that you can almost touch them.

And then, after the balloons are up, there's still more to see.

And more, as we approach sunset.

Then, a final cloud farewell.

Have you ever been in a hot air balloon?


Join Yogi and the other bloggers who watch the sky each Friday at #SkywatchFriday.

15 comments:

  1. And, the question of the day-
    Did you float in one of those balloons? Or just marvelled at their sight?

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    1. No floating - just watching from the safe, safe ground.

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  2. Oh, I love this! I love balloons! I've not been up in one, but I can imagine the quiet gliding across the sky. Mmmm . . .

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    1. It's not as quiet as you think; the burners heating the air actually make quite a bit of noise. But it's a pleasant (to me) noise.

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  3. Great shots. And perfect for skywatch.

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  4. We, every now and then, see hot air balloons go over our house. I always end up staring, mesmerized. They're just so pretty up there in the sky.

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    1. Watching them launch is so mesmerizing, too. It truly is wonderful seeing the launch and then seeing them float in the sky, seemingly without a care.

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  5. This is so cool and sounds like a lot of fun!

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  6. What wonderful shots! And yes - I've been in a hot air balloon: it's lovely up there! but the landing was very bumpy.

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  7. This is so fascinating. I am so scared of heights but I want to go up there so much!!

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  8. Great balloon shots! We have a festival in my city every Labor Day.

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  9. Beautiful photography, and I love the sunset shot. No, never been up in a hot air balloon, but sounds like fun!

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