Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Up, Up and Away

I haven't taken any balloon photos for a while so here are a few. It was quite dark when I took these and they are little blurred, but good to see the flames. Very hard to get both balloons firing at the same time.






Another day dawned and I clicked straight into the rising sun.




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  1. Balloons. Oooh.
    I do love them. And your sunrise photos are impressive too.

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    1. EC, of course I thought of you as I was preparing this post.

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  2. These are breathtaking aren't they?
    Do they do a lot of balloon shows in Australia? I was wondering since both you and EC do balloon posts.

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    1. Sandra, I only know of a couple, one of which EC sees. The balloons I see take people for joy flights early in the morning. You wait for the early morning call to say the flight is going ahead, meaning the weather is ok. Meet at a central point and buses to wherever the launch will be made. Younger people have to help inflate and later roll up the balloons. Usually afterwards is a champagne breakfast at a city hotel. It is not cheap to take a flight. R bought me one for my fiftieth birthday but I was nearly 51 before the stars aligned and we flew.

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  3. Love those pics, especially the rising sun :) Every now and then we hear the whoosh of their gas as they float over our house, so pretty!

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    1. Jayne, it is a great sound, that at times sets off dogs barking.

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  4. I would be too frightened to go up in a flimsy balloon. Much better to photograph from the safety of the ground.

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    1. Hels, honestly, I don't think I would go on another balloon flight. There is just so much that could go wrong.

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  5. Great photos but .... you will never get me to go in one! LOL

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    1. Lady J. You are not the only one.

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  6. They look like fun but I'm too chicken to try it.

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    1. Diane, I thought you might have done one in your interesting and adventurous life.

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  7. I wouldn't get in one at my age, but they look good in the sky.

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    1. Margaret, I really wouldn't recommend it to older people. We ourselves had a pretty rough landing as we bounced along a paddock.

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  8. We took a flight a few years back. It was beautiful. I'd recommend it to everyone!

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    1. Cro, we enjoyed our flight but I don't have any desire to repeat it. I wonder what you travelled over?

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  9. There has been quite a few balloon accidents of late.

    I had a chance to go up in one back in 1986, when I was manager of the resort on Hinchinbrook Island, but time wouldn't allow. I coulnd't fit it into my schedule; and I've never again had the opportunity to do so

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    1. Lee, I don't think anyone would argue that they are the safest experience in the world, but I suppose given the number of people who do fly in balloons, it is not too bad. What a pity you missed out. Should we crowd fund raise for a flight for your seventieth?

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    2. No point, Andrew...my 70th was three years ago...the balloon has been and gone...and probably burst! ;)

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  10. What a view! You did manage to get a photo of both balloons firing at once I see.

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    1. Thanks River, just not fully firing at the same time.

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  11. I read in the news of another Balloon tragedy only yesterday. ah well I suppose it is another way of claiming your funeral insurance a little earlier.

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    1. Vest, there is significant risk, but I suspect someone somewhere will say there is more chance of you being killed in a car accident on the way to the balloon launch site than being killed by a balloon failure.

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