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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2011

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Here are some more of the pics I snapped while volunteering at the Bike Valet at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  Click images to view larger pic.

 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2011

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

My dear husband, Jeff, recently decided to take up road bicycling with me so we could experience some wonderful adventures together.¬† I have done a fair amount of bicycle riding, but I’ve never seen the balloons by bike.¬† So…

This morning we took  a nice 14 mile ride and here are a few pics:

Hot Air Balloon Deflating 

Balloons Galore

Jeff...and hot air balloons in the background

Jeff on his bike

It’s really amazing to see so many balloons in the air all at once. It still excites me after more than 15 years of seeing it and being around them.¬† I have to say that seeing them by bike was even more incredible than I thought it would be. It’s hard to explain the glorious, peaceful, graceful beauty…just makes me happy to be alive and celebrate life.

My plan is to get more close ups of the balloons this week.¬† Let’s all pray for continued good weather so the balloons can launch, everybody can stay safe and I can hopefully get some great pics to share.

Up, up and away…Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

The balloons are back in town for the annual Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.¬† I wasn’t able to make it down to the launch field this year, but I was able to snap some pics from various locations in and around Albuquerque.

The balloons are soooo pretty and such a joy to watch.  For even more great pics from the launch field, check out the photo galleries on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta website.

MesaBalloonSingle
A single balloon floating over houses on the mesa — Rio Rancho
Balloons launching on the mesa in Rio Rancho
Balloons launching on the mesa in Rio Rancho
Sponge Bob Balloon
Sponge Bob Balloon — Corrales
Sponge Bob close-up -- Corrales
Sponge Bob close-up — Corrales

Balloon and Power Lines
Balloon floats near power lines — YIKES — Albuquerque
TripAroundTheWorldBalloon
Trip Around The World — Albuquerque
Lady Bug Balloon
Lady Bug Balloon — Albuquerque
Crazy House Balloon
Crazy House Balloon — Corrales
Balloons Floating Mountain Haze

Balloons floating in front of Sandia Mountain in the morning haze -- notice the radio towers at the top of the Crest.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2009

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Unfortunately, weather issues combined with business and family commitments prevented me from getting the balloon pics I was hoping for this year.  Tomorrow morning they will fly away (weather permitting) for another year.

Here are some of the shots I was able to capture on a rather hazy day – click thumbnails to view larger images:

The Ark Balloon facing Sandia Mountain

The Ark Balloon facing Sandia Mountain

The Ark and Sun floating toward the mountain.

The Ark and Sun floating toward the mountain.

In the clouds...

In the clouds...

While driving along Paseo Del Norte

While driving along Paseo Del Norte

Facing Northwest

Facing Northwest

Landing very near a busy traffic intersection!

Landing very near a busy traffic intersection!

Smiling Sun

Smiling Sun

Smiling Sun close-up

Smiling Sun close-up

Looking across the mesa toward Paseo Del Volcan

Looking across the mesa toward Paseo Del Volcan

Looking toward Paseo Del Volcan #2

Looking toward Paseo Del Volcan #2

The Witch Balloon

The Witch Balloon

Yellow Turtle Balloon

Yellow Turtle Balloon

Yellow Turtle and Ark

Yellow Turtle and Ark