Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

Rainbow over Balloon Fiesta 2014

Rainbow over Balloon Fiesta 2014

We looked for the flag flying high over Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta 2014 even as we left the parking lot for the long trek to the launch field.  It was yellow.  Caution.  A probable go for the October 9th lift-off.  But when the crowd turned in the direction of the refracted light of a rainbow — sometimes single, sometimes double — arching over the vendors hawking everything from corn dogs to souvenir pins, we saw dark skies threatening the night’s Glowdeo event.

Children with light sabers

Children with light sabers play while waiting for balloons to light up the night.

Children, however, continued to play — using their Jedi skills to wield light sabers.  Whoosh-bink, whoosh-bink, sang out the sabers against the dark night.

Dawn Patrol, October 10, 2014

First lift-off, Dawn Patrol, October 10, 2014. Balloon Fiesta 2014

And when the yellow flag yielded to red, curtailing the night’s event, the crowd dispersed only to return before dawn the next day.

Lifting off before dawn .

Breaking dawn — Balloon Fiesta 2014

After all, there’s nothing quite like seeing the first lights of the Dawn Patrol in a dark New Mexico field.

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