Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hot Air Balloons for Skywatch

We woke up on Sunday morning to a sky full of hot air balloons. Well, there were nine balloons in all, instead of the usual much bigger Mesilla Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally which has been cancelled for the last couple of years because of ballooning costs (sorry, I couldn't resist a little word play). The big excitement on Sunday was that although they appeared to have taken off in the southern part of the Mesilla Valley, they were headed north and right for our neighborhood, landing in the field across the street.

I'm afraid that these photos aren't particularly impressive--it was a situation where you had to be right here on our patio to enjoy all the excitement.

For more photos of all kinds of skies all over the world, be sure to visit Skywatch.

Floating near a pecan orchard

Coming in for a landing

The chase car

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Love the beautiful, colorful balloons! That is one of the most fun things I've ever done! My daughter and I went for a balloon ride over the wine country in California and it was fantastic! Loved being able to look an eagle in the eye from his level!! Lovely shots and lovely sky for a backdrop! Hope you have a great weekend, Clariz!

Sylvia

Regina said...

Fantastic view and nice looking up.
Great captures!
Enjoy the weekend.

Anki said...

Would love to try one of thoose baloons :-)
Nice captures!

Riet said...

What lovely colourfull balloons against the sky. Great shots

Elisabeth said...

How exciting and from your patio too...wish I could have been there. I have wanted to see the balloons in New Mexico for a long time. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Tara R. said...

These are wonderful! It must have been a great surprise to see the balloons were back.

J Bar said...

Great skies for ballooning.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

It would be fun to try once again, a great sense of freedom. Great pictures of them!

Larry D said...

Great pictures!

Pietro said...

Amazing images! So nice those mountains in the background!
Happy weekend!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures. There is nothing prettier than hot air balloons in the sky.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful,lovely and fantastic shots !! This is simply nice post !!!

Shannara said...

Nice pics with happy coloured baloons. =)

SandyCarlson said...

These are really, really wonderful. Dreamy.

Beth said...

Wow, Clair, I'd say it was impressive, for sure, to have balloons land practically in your front yard! Great pictures.

And, by the way, your sweaters are just beautiful. Good luck in reaching your goal of 100!

P.S. I loved seeing another shot of that naughty, but irresistable Bertie. :-)

clairz said...

Beth, you might want to know that young Bertie now has his own blog, thanks to my husband. I take no credit or blame for the content! http://bertequilablog.blogspot.com/