Friday, August 15, 2008

Sky Watch Friday 8-16

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This is not my most interesting Sky but certainly an interesting capture. A hot air balloon was in the sky and heading for me. I reached out to capture it but ended up that I didn't have to because it was coming at me. I was at a park on island in a stream near a dam.
It continued to get closer and I kept shooting.
I got a real treat as it continued toward me.
It went directly overhead and I was able to get the burns.
I was even able to get a reflection shot in the stream.
It went about 100 yards and on the other side of the stream it landed.
That wasn't what I came to the park to capture but was very happy with what I did capture.

51 comments:

Toni said...

The reflection is my favorite! Aren't they sooo much fun to watch? Neat that you were able to catch the fire in there :)

Bradley Myers said...

I have to agree, I like the reflection one the best also. It brings a different aspect to skywatch.

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful balloon sequence. Great subject.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Wow. That reflection of the balloon in the water is really special. All of the photos are nice but I favor this one.

Abraham

The Birdlady said...

FG, those are wonderful! And congrats on getting the great reflection!

Louise said...

The reflection photos are fabulous, especially the one with the fire. I live in the land of the world's largest balloon festival (in October). No water here, so no reflections, but I still know that getting the fire at just the right moment was tricky. Lovely post!

kjpweb said...

Fabulous shots! How come I'm never there when things like that happen? ;)
Cheers, Klaus

Quiet Paths said...

These are just wonderful. I esp. like the landscape and water shot. Really nice.

Tommy V said...

very nice series of pictures. I love the one of the reflection only.

The Texican said...

Liked all of your entries FG. Some nice camera work. Pappy

raccoonlover1963 said...

Great shots! I especially like the one with the balloon reflected in the water. I think it would be neat to go up in a hot-air balloon, but at the same time, it would scare the daylights out of me!
Lisa

Leedra said...

I like the ones with the actual balloon and the reflection. It is more at a distance, but I like it. It is so great when the unexpected happens, nicely!

Kutuharju said...

The hot-air balloon steals all attention from the skies, no wonder: those colours... Very nice.

Rambling Woods said...

Happy Weekend..I love the balloon photos especially the reflection. Michelle

tipper said...

You were a lucky dog to get those shots. I love the reflection one-but they are all great.

Ivar Ivrig said...

I love the reflections in your SWF. Very nice. And thank you for your comment on my blog :-) Have a nice weekend

Cathy - As the World Flops said...

Wow. I like reflection one. They are all very neat.

Debbie said...

How cool to think of getting the reflection! What a fun set of shots.

marie6 said...

wow, great shots especially the reflection.
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Sparverius said...

Great images! I see a lot of hot air balloons around here, but never close enough to see the burners. Very cool.

Angie said...

FG these are great! You were definitely in the right place at the right time.

JunieRose2005 said...

Very cool pictures!


I like the first shot of the balloon reflected in the water the best of all!

I have some Sky Watch pics up too!

Junie

Egghead said...

Very nice. I love the two with the balloon in the sky but the reflection on the water. Wow!

Marie said...

Great photos!

I have an award for you on my blog :)

Lily Hydrangea said...

I like the reflection in the water & the one where you can see the flame. Cool shots!

Luke Wiley said...

Awesome hot air balloon shots! very nice!

Lapa37 said...

Just beautiful as usual I visit and comment on your site so much I am running out of nice things to say. I finally joined sky watch today.

napaboaniya said...

Every picture is great here. The hot air balloon's reflection on the water is beautiful :)

piedmontperspective said...

Love the balloon photos. They're all wonderful but I like the one with the burns the most. Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Arija said...

Isn't it amazing what comes our way when we least expect it? Lovely shots above as it is below! So often opportunistic shots turn out to be the best.
Thanks for dropping by.

Gina said...

Wowzas..you've done well to capture the balloon and the vibrant colours..esp on a cloudy day! What a treat! :D

Powell River Books said...

Beautiful shots. I enjoyed our other posts, especially the horses. My pictures are of a mackerel sky before the storm. I invite you to come see. - Margy

Stacey Huston said...

FG this is great.. I have always wanted to ride in one of these.. thanks for the pictures..

Christy said...

What great shots of the hot-air balloon. Those reflection shots are wonderful. Happy SWF.

Scotty Graham said...

Funny how that happens, heh? I am always finding photos that I was not there to take...goes to show, never leave home without your camera...my best photos are the accidental photos that I take...

Great SWF, and thanks for your flattering comments in my blog.

Cheers,

Scotty

John said...

FG, what a great compilation of hot air balloon photos!
Have a nice weekend.

Mike said...

Great sequence of pics!

Isadora said...

and the Fifth Dimension sang "wouldn't you like to ride in my beautiful balloon..." I know I would. :)

imac said...

A beautiful ride and fantasic captures.

Lawstude said...

Really wonderful pics and these are just great.

I bet you had fun while you took these 'coz it showed in your post.

Have a great weekend FG.

Kelly said...

I too, love the reflection! The hot air balloon is so colorful against the gorgeous sky! Well taken!

Stanley said...

Nice shots on the reflections! The air balloons really have some nice colour.

pts said...

good work!

Kahshe Cottager said...

That is one colourful balloon! I really liked the reflections on the water too.

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Julie said...

Indeed, I would be very happy if I could capture images like these. I do very much like the ones with the reflections in the pool. Nature at its best ...

i beati said...

pretty neat esspecially the reflection ..Where is your fiorst post what state??

storyteller said...

I missed you Sky Watch series earlier, but am glad I caught it today while I’m here. These would have made wonderful shots for this week’s Photo Hunt too because the theme was COLORFUL ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

SandyCarlson said...

These are just wonderful! Thanks.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Sorry for the late post; my waggin' is draggin' this week. Love your 'on an island in a park by a dam' photos. Hot air balloons are great subjects. I love the shot where you're looking almost straight up into the center of it and the reflection photo. Wonderful captures.

See you next week.

Wren said...

Nice! The reflections are my favorites of the group, also.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I was just going to skim through but I had to comment on this one. Great shots and that reflection one was pretty cool. :-)