Photographer's Note

It is Balloon Fiesta time in Albuquerque--the balloon capital of the world. 600 plus balloons from all over the world, and pilots here from 23 countries. It is so exciting to go to the fields and see them take off in waves. The colour, the big cheers as the balloons launch, the sounds of the gas burning, the competitions, and the big buzz of all these balloons.

Balloons cost anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000. The special shape balloons, such as Arky which I posted the other day, are in another category.

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OOPS! In the original post, along the edges, I had a few cut off balloons which took away from the composition. Thank you to both Shelly and Thor68 for pointing this out to me. I was so busy looking up I did not notice.

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