A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Fly

Probably any hot air balloonist asks the same question:  Will my balloon fly today or not?  Up ’til now, we’ve had little experience with hot air balloon launches, fiestas, flights, etc.  But Balloon Fiesta 2014: Spirit of the Winds changed all that.

Waiting to fly

Waiting to see which ones will fly: Balloon Fiesta 2014, Albuquerque NM

In an enormous field in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from October 4 to 12, balloonists and watchers asked the same question:  Will it fly?  Here are a couple that did . . . and a couple that did not!

Did Fly!

Humpty Dumpty filled right up, sucking in enough hot air necessary to puff up and fly!  Even upside down, he was ready for lift-off, cheered on by a supporting crowd of students out of school on holiday and their parents who were kids for the day!

Filling Humpty Dumpty

Filling Humpty with hot air: Will he fly?

And up Humpty goes.

Humpty takes off

And Humpty takes off — Balloon Fiesta 2014!

Yes, even cows fly as this entry named Airabelle from Creamland joins the skies — up, up, up and away!

Cows fly, too!

Cows fly, too!

Didn’t Fly

But, alas, not all balloons ascended.  A big, brown sailing ship — one of the largest balloons on the field — struggled just to right itself.

Aiming the heat!

Aiming the heat to fill the sailing ship balloon at Balloon Fiesta 2014

And then it just “hung out” with the crowd while its buddies took to the skies.

Not flying at Balloon Fiesta 2014

Just moving with the wind, but not lifting off. No sailing for this ship today.

Even filled with hot air and in the upright liftoff position, Yoda never made it beyond the field.  Didn’t matter.  He owned that field!

Yoda balloon at Balloon Fiesta 2014

May the Force be with you!

May the Force be with you next year, my friend.

Early morning balloon rise

Early morning balloon rise at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2014

For more information on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2014, click here.

Want to help name Balloon Fiesta 2015?  Click here to submit your idea!

For more entries in A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Fly, check out Sue Llewellyn’s blog A Word in Your Ear.  You’ll be flying high!

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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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21 Responses to A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Fly

  1. I love Humpty Dumpty and Yoda, what a great collection of balloons.

  2. Oh Wow…..I have a Humpty Dumpty in my photo Archive! It sailed over my house a bunch of years ago! http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/wordless-wednesday-23/
    I love your photos of all the different balloons.

  3. I’ve heard of this festival for years. What a fun thing! 🙂

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  5. goannasnake says:

    What fun. Thanks for sharing.

  6. suzjones says:

    I’d love to see that one day. I have read so much about it. 🙂
    Great photos. Shame about Yoda though. 😦

  7. Humpty Dumpty is my favorite!

  8. Haha, these balloons are fantastic! Upside Humpty is hilarious.

  9. Glad Humpty Dumpty didn’t fall. And the cow apparently jumped over the moon. Fun blog. Thanks. —Curt

    • So glad you liked the balloons. We were snapping pictures quickly, turning from one side of the field to the other trying to capture it all. I’ve always heard of this event, and if I lived closer, I’d be a regular!

      • The event has been on our bucket list for a long time as well. But we haven’t made it yet. Yours is the second blog this year to remind us about what we are missing. –Curt

  10. Amy says:

    Wow, what a fun fly post! Must be a spectacular view when all the balloons taking off 🙂

    • Amy, this was truly one of our favorite all-time events. From the host of volunteers who made it all happen to the many balloonists who start pre-dawn to put on a great show, it was well worth leaving the hotel at 4:00 AM to see! Thanks for commenting!

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