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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Balloon Festival

Yesterday a friend and I attended the hot air balloon festival at the Immokalee Airport.  I arose at 4:30 so that I wouldn't miss the launch, which was set to be at dawn.  Although the balloons were not able to take flight due to wind speeds, we still enjoyed the sight and learned a bit (about balloons and about each other).

Above was the scene we faced as we entered through the gates.

We were able to watch the sunrise between the balloons.  We did miss a bit of it, however, because balloonists were graciously allowing the multitude of photographers to shoot while they explained the use of the propane to keep the balloons inflated while waiting for the launch signal.

One of my favorite "stumbled upon" moments was watching these boys play under a balloon as it was being inflated - until they were busted and asked to stop.  They were having such a silly good time!  And look at how pleased the budding photographer was with his shots!

As the decision was clear that the launch was not to be, the balloons were deflated.  Here's a parting shot:

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