While standing along the banks of the Potomac River in Washington DC, I decided to setup for a shot of the Arlington Virginia skyline just across the river. After a couple of shots
Happy Friday, everyone! Quick post & run today. I lost a long-time friend a couple days ago, we've all been there. But nonetheless, these times always bring on those periods of reflection and how things once were doing those more simplistic times of life. It's forever the memories that carry us through, providing many smiles and visions of yesteryear.
As youngsters we were always taught a simple lesson... Aim High!
Thanks so much for visiting, friends!
Recently I attended a balloon ascension event at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD. Arriving at 6:00 am on a chilly Saturday morning there were very few people in attendance which provided the opportunity to stake out a nice vantage point. Spotting a few trailers on the grounds, the issue was settled. Let the unloading begin... a basket is assembled.
Next, the unpacking of the actual balloon.
After unpacking all of that canvas, it's time to stretch it out and prepare to inflate.
The fan in the image above is what starts the inflation process. It may look like an ordinary house fan but this is a very powerful unit, the results of which you'll see below.
Let's have an inside look.
The small fan has done a nice job of getting things started but now come the heat, what hot air ballooning is all about.
This torch (not sure of it's proper name) is powered by propane and produces a tremendous amount of hot air which causes the balloon to rise as seen in the next image.
The end result...
a fully inflated hot air balloon. As you can see the balloon is tethered, which was a disappointment. Someone told me that the launch window had been missed so they had to stay near the ground, offering rides to several hundred feet. I had envisioned a mass ascension, and although there were quite a few balloons at the event, that did not occur.
I have many images of the others, which we will save for some future posts.
We will close out with this airborne shot.
The white spot in the left frame is a half moon. I also removed the tether lines, which really cluttered this shot.
Yes, this post was full of hot air but I hope you enjoyed the ride. :-)
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Happy Friday! Thursday. Gee, my Friday post launched a day early (oops!). Computers... always doing what you asked them to do. LOL
It's been a whirlwind week of sorts, so today will be a quick post from the road. One of the favorite pastimes you'll see in and around beach towns is people fishing. I captured these folks hanging out at Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach. I recall the day being one of those roasting hot ones with temperatures approaching 100, but it did not deter these anglers from their mission.