Friday, October 28, 2011

Foto Friday - Up, Up and Away



Up, up and away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon . . .
Do you remember that song, it sure brings back memories. I think I was five when that first came out by the 5th Dimension and only a few years later I danced to that song at a recital. Yep, the 60's were kinda cool and I still remember the groovy go-go boots my mom had that we would use for dress-up.

And speaking of cool, I can't believe that we've never been to the Ballunar Fest here. Well, actually we didn't know about it until that day but we did manage to make it for the balloon glow at night and then again really early the next day to watch them come in for a competition. Really early! Too early for a weekend, but it was oh so worth it. And since we have teenagers who like to sleep late, we made it a date and by the time we got home they were still sleeping! ha



The above a below images are from the night before as the sun was setting.


This is the next morning and this is the only balloon that took flight from where we were. All the others took off from different points to come in to the field where we were for the competition. They had to position themselves so they could throw a marker on a target, a hoola hoop on a blow up target or grab for extra points small balloons that were anchored to the ground.


And then a before  . . .


. . .  and after some fun!


Some just didn't get close enough to the field and ended up right over us. I was really hoping they would throw some candy, but no such luck!






I was so glad that there were some clouds in the sky, just enough to give some dimension.




This was the 'all' glow, and it was quite spectacular in person. My camera handles the higher ISO pretty well
as this was set at 3200.


It didn't take long once the sun rose for all the balloons to come in, and on our way out I spied these
beautiful birds. We have seen the same birds at a different show and they can do amazing tricks. And this
one, as I bent down so did he!


On the way home we stopped for a little breakfast and so did the ducks.  They looked like regulars and they were sooo cute. Every time someone talked to them they would wag their tail feathers.


We have been in a severe drought for about a year now so the poor wildlife has to find water where ever
they can . . . even if it is from the air conditioning condensation.

Happy Friday to you, and here's to the weekend . . .  up, up and away!


Love, Kim
XO

P.S. If you saw my Friday night lights post on our first district game where we beat the State Champs, well we are 5-0 going into our game this weekend, wish them luck! Go Chargers, win the fight for 518!! Whoo hoo! ; )



 

Photo Art Friday
 
 

21 comments:

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Gorgeous shots Kim, the ballons were definitely worth getting up early for, love the close up shot of the one above you.

Patrice said...

Great photos - and I love the balloons after sundown! I'm on the Scavenger Hunt, too...see you there!

deb duty said...

Oh wow!! These are fantastic! My favorite is the one you showed with the fun edit and I love both versions! This was a fun post!

Pat said...

Wonderful shots! I like your Photo Art edit.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

those are gorgeous shots!

it's really hard to pick a favourite.

you're so talented!

have a great weekend!

Bonnie said...

Fabulous photography Kim! Love the edit you made for Photo Art Friday - it looks like it should be an ad for a movie. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness...AMAZING!!!! This is def on my "bucket list" of things to do (actually NOT "do", but "see"! Haha, I'm too chicken to go up!). I LOVE all these photos, but that one with them firing up, in particular, is just so striking. And the colors of the sky in those first too..wow! Everything is bigger in Texas, and I guess that goes for color too! Great Job Kim!

Kathy

Linda Makiej said...

stunning work!!

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

I went to a balloon fest back in July. Aren't they the coolest thing ever? Everyone should go to at least one in their lifetime.

Marvett Smith said...

Oh that sky! So beautiful! And those birds! You are so talented!

Ida said...

Fantastic series of photos. Loved the sunset photos and the (before/after) photo was just gorgeous. Great pics of the birds as well.

Zondra Art said...

Such nice photos! You dida great job! Have a great weekund, dear! :)

Jennie Louise said...

I've never been to a ballon fest and I am desperate too now I have seen your photos... You've captured them wonderfully. The night time glow shot is special indeed.
Your blog post made me smile.
Jennie. X

Momma Bird said...

wow - beautiful shots!!!! love them all :)

Deanna said...

Oh, Kim these are just wonderful. Wow, I don't know if I can even pick a fav, the after some fun is amazing. And those ducks?? have never seen those kind. Really a terrific set of images. PS my brother's kids live in Houston...and I am originally from Dallas. Small World!!

Jimh. said...

I love the shot of the balloon you did the post processing on! It looks great!! Great shots all!

snapshots2011 said...

These are beautiful- we have a balloon festival every summer about two hours from us- and it is just an amazing sight. I love them all, but the one that you had your "fun" with is my favorite- such a stunning edit!

Corey~living and loving said...

I have never seen hot air balloons in action. your photos really make me want to. :)

Danelle said...

I LOVE the hot air balloons! That's on my list of things I want to photograph some day.

Teresa said...

What stunning images, I particularly love the one you posted at Photo Art Friday . . . .that yellow is glorious . . .Teresa x

Emily said...

Your balloon photos are stunning! The before and after are both full of beautiful color and light. Thank you for sharing!

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