Friday, August 15, 2008

Balloons Flying into the Late Evening Sky


Hey, what are those specks floating above the soybean fields? Yep, the Friday evening balloon race drifted southwest of Centralia, right into our line of sight from the deck. There are 41 or 42 balloons in Centralia for the Balloon Festival this weekend. I counted 27 of them across the horizon at one time after I snapped this quick pic in the fading daylight.


We needed milk and bread, and the back road we usually take into town was lined with many more cars and trucks than usual. Lots of people were out, following the balloons and chase crews. Some years, the cars whipping on and off the shoulders of the little country roads are kind of scary, but everyone seemed fairly restrained and courteous tonight :) Lots of times over the years, I've heard various people try to discourage fans from chasing the balloons. . . but when the crews can get through to their balloons as they land, and when everyone is playing nice, there is nothing as exciting as following the pack of balloons and waving to the pilots and riders in the baskets!


One of the balloons familiar to Balloon Fest fans. Oh, there are so many pretty ones, and I am hoping to get you some good, bright daylight pics of one of the morning races this weekend. Stay tuned for more balloons. . .

5 comments:

Ramblings of a lunatic mom and lampworker said...

Oh Wow!! That must be quite a sight. Now just imagine sunrise pics with the balloons.

I went hot air ballooning for my 30th birthday. It was amazing!!!

rosebud101 said...

How fun is that, Ang! I'm looking forward to seeing more photos!

ellen said...

There's a balloon fest in Battle Creek, MI every year (I think it's still going on) and it always seems like there's a wind issue. We went one year only to be disappointed because it was too windy.
Hope you get some more great shots.

WhimsybyMari said...

Love to watch them, the world seems so peaceful. Hey Ang neighbors behind us heard a painter(puma) near his house!!! Woohoo guess I need to be careful when I can walk back there again.

Deb said...

Oh wow - what an awesome sight to behold! There is something so awesomely peaceful, almost surreal about hot air ballons. Can't wait to see more photo's Ang :o)

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