Things slowed down enough to enjoy the evening with Felix the Cat and friends as well:
There was even a monster or two hanging out on the field with us this evening:
After the balloon glow was over, the assembled crowd was treated to the biggest fireworks show in New Mexico. We managed to catch a few decent shots before calling it a night.
Then the main event begins. At first the balloons begin to lift off in the gloaming of the new dawn. The true color of the event is yet to be revealed as old man Sol hides behind mighty Sandia Peak to the east. But you can still see the potential of what is to come.
Then the sun begins to show itself, a little at first,
Until finally, it sets ablaze the colors that make your eyes water and your camera tremble as a smile swells across your face... This is what you have come to see...and it, like the color bursting forth from the balloons, will never be taken from your soul.
You start to shut down - you are tired from 4 hours worth of adrenaline fueled hiking from one end of a 72 acre field to the other. You figure you are about done, and then you see it. A childhood fable coming to life...
Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle...
If you've been here...you understand. If you haven't been here...you should come. It's definitely on any photographers bucket list. It will also give one pause for ... reflections ... on all that is good about this shared passion of ours. I hope you enjoyed my little journey. I know I did!!!