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Old 29th February 2012
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Up Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon ...

... well, not really my balloon, just one I was lucky enough to see today. A visit to the dental hygienist this morning which we hoped would be followed by a pleasant afternoon of photography. Wrong again - the sky which should have brightened by mid-morning remained stubbornly dull and overcast. We did call by the canal to see if the kingfishers were about - they weren't but on the way home, this lovely balloon appeared from over the top of the hill and passed by us. A blue sky would have been wonderful as a backdrop to the colours but, alas, it was not to be!

1. On its approach, the other side of the trees -



2. The two occupants gave several 'boosts of fire' in quick succession as they went on their way - I like to think they were encouraging our efforts! -



3. G-CCLO -



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Re: Up Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon ...

Annie - these are stunning and IMO lose nothing because of the grey sky, which even enhances them (balloons against blue skies are a dime a dozen!).
You did very good to be so ready with your camera and shooting at decisive moments.
I like these very much.
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Re: Up Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon ...

I like No. 2. Nice angle.
If you get a chance to go up, do. Its great fun and very relaxing and gentle until you have to hit a planet.
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Re: Up Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon ...

Just took a 2nd look ...

The opening shot with burst of flame against dark grey is magic.
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Re: Up Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon ...

Very nice Annie love the second one, I have always wanted to photograph air balloons but never had the chance.
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Re: Up Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon ...

They are lovely Ann1e. I like them both for different reasons, but the spurt of flame in both is lovely.
I am a little apprehensive about balloons. We have had a couple come down recently, but I guess all aviation carries a risk.
They are certainly beautiful to watch from the ground.
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Re: Up Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon ...

Thank you Mark, Duncan, Paul and Lyn for looking and commenting.

I have to admit I'm with Lyn on the subject of hot air balloons - I'll stick with the photography! I have no doubt the view and the experience are stunning but it's not something I am ever likely to attempt myself. I'm generally not a great one for heights - I remember taking a ten minute helicopter ride at a local fete with the family when our children were quite small. Everyone enjoyed the trip except me who kept my eyes closed for most of the time, completely missing the view down over our own house! Pathetic. Having said that, I think I've improved slightly with age as I did enjoy a helicopter transfer from Nice airport to Monte Carlo when we took a long weekend break, again with the family (extended now), to celebrate a special birthday for Barrie.

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