Thursday, October 21, 2010

Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival

I just realized I never blogged about the Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival!

About a month ago, my friend Ashley and I headed up to Plano to the balloon festival on a gorgeous (but warm!) Saturday afternoon. We wandered around checking out the various craft and vendor booths, had yummy fair food including a spudzilla, and watched the balloons be inflated and fly. It was amazing! I have always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon. I didn't get the chance this year, but I'm hopeful for next year's festival. But the balloons were beautiful, even from afar. The colors were so incredibly vibrant, and watching them rise in the air and fly over us was so cool!
The best part was once it started getting dark. The field was filled with balloons, and after they were inflated, they let the crowds walk out among them while they lit them up against the night sky. It was awesome! They would give a countdown over the loud speaker, and then all the balloons would light up at once. At other times they did a strobe, flickering effect. Amazing! The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks show - unfortunately both of my camera batteries died, so I didn't get any photos of the fireworks, but the day was definitely a success in my mind.
And check out these amazing photos by a couple of professional photographers. Someday I hope to have the talent and equipment to take photos like these:

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