Monday, 29 October 2012

Celina Balloon Festival

This weekend, we attended the 7th annual Celina Balloon Festival.  Russ was so excited; he felt the festival was a perfect example of a small town event perfectly executed.  Being from a rural small town, the events brought back pleasant memories of his “puppy days” back in Wisconsin.
Saturday, we were up and on the road to Celina well before dawn.  It wasn’t until we were well on our way that we discovered the temperature was 34 degrees.  Since we are expats from Russia and Wisconsin, cold weather will not deter us.  Fortunately, we arrived just as the sun cleared the horizon and we were confident that the warming rays of the sun will ensure our comfort…Not!!!!
Volunteers directed us to the event parking lot, a corn field, adjacent to the event.  Getting to the parking place was a fun ride in itself.  Undulating through the corn field was something that can’t be properly described, just experienced.
We walked directly to the balloon staging area so that Russ could set up to do some HDR images and I could do a walkabout within the staging area.  Unfortunately, it was so cold that only the smallest balloons could get enough heated air to lift off.  In any case, we got great shots…as they say…”Up close and personal.”

The festival was colorful and with such a variety of events, so much photo opportunities. So; over the next few days, we will post our images…Stay tuned.

Inside the hot air balloon.

Captain is ready to take off.

Fire it up!

This balloon was too large to fly in the cold.

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