Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, September 6, 2010

Balloon Glow 2010

Each Labor Day weekend, the Colorado Balloon Classic brings together dozens of hot air balloons in Colorado Springs for one of the country's largest balloon festivals. At night, they light up the balloons from the insides with the propane heaters, resulting in a lovely and very unusual scene. These photos were taken on Saturday evening during this balloon glow. We're lucky because it's possible to get right in to where all the balloons are glowing, they don't hold the crowds back.
As this last photograph shows, it's a rather popular event.
I didn't make it to any of the ascensions this year, maybe next year I'll get up early enough to make it there at 7:00 AM for the liftoff next year. But my first ever blog post includes a photo from another year of that, so click on the Balloon label just below this post and that will come up (along with shots from last year's balloon glow).

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28 comments:

  1. Al, these are spectacular! I absolutely love how you caught the glow inside of the air balloons! What a great event :D

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  2. Really stunning captures, Al! And how gorgeous the colorful balloons are -- particularly at night! A great event indeed! Love it! Wish I could have been there! Have a great Labor Day and a great week!

    Sylvia

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  3. That looks SO cool. I went to a glow in in Dolores, CO once but it was windy and didn't last long.

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  4. Beautifully captured!
    Glowing inside...
    Well done, Al!

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  5. Ciao Al :)
    mi piace molto l'effetto dell'ultima foto.
    Mi piacciono molto le mongolfiere.
    Buona serata.
    Myriam

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  6. aloha,

    what a beautiful view, i love the lit up colors of these balloons, definitely worth waking up early for


    i have an interesting place to visit today on my sari site

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  7. What a great place to be at night (in the daytime also I would imagine), but to see this wondrous sight, your photos are magnificent.
    An English Girl Rambles

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  8. I wish I had been there! What a fun time!

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  9. It's amazing to think that someone once had the idea of heating up the air under a canopy and being borne aloft in a basket.

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  10. incredibly stunning. the colours are vibrant and appealing. great job.

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  11. Great photos, wonderful colors and light!

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  12. I've never seen the balloons lit up at night. The colours look great!

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  13. Beautiful photos. I can never get up early enough either. Hopefully this year. Our is in October and it never fails, it always rains the evening of the glows.

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  14. Ooh, a balloon blog. What color, what excitement!
    Kay
    Alberta, Canada

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  15. oh what a fun event that is. I hope I can attend one over here too. I hear they have some hot air balloons in Napa, not a festival yet.

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  16. Wow !!!!!!!! I'd like a hot air balloon ride

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  17. Thank you for sharing these beautiful balloon photos

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    My Word Tuesday post

    Seen on My World Tuesday

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  18. Marvellous pictures. So bright and colourful.

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  19. Beautiful capture. I missed my chance since I was out of town. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Oh, this is such a lovely sight to behold & admire. The colors are just fantastic. Lucky you got to see these. :)

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  21. Such a wonderful sight!! And colorful! :)

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  22. Wow!!!!

    What about next time, you take me up there?

    The ones I took when i was in Australia, were dots in the sky. I can't remember if I posted them because I was quite ashamed to.

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  23. Fantastic! Perhaps next year I'll go to the Glow>

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  24. I LOVE these. We are going to New Mexico in a couple of weeks for their Balloon Fiesta! I CAN'T wait!

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  25. The balloons are stunning at night and eerie in the day time just drifting slowly across the sky! great shots!

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  26. Oh my Al that first pic is a total winner!

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