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.
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!
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!
And up Humpty goes.
Yes, even cows fly as this entry named Airabelle from Creamland joins the skies — up, up, up and away!
But, alas, not all balloons ascended. A big, brown sailing ship — one of the largest balloons on the field — struggled just to right itself.
And then it just “hung out” with the crowd while its buddies took to the skies.
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!
May the Force be with you next year, my friend.
For more information on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2014, click here.
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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!