Thursday, April 08, 2010

The moon's a balloon




Hamilton has a Balloon Festival every year, which is pretty frickin' sweet if you ask me (or anyone else in my immediate family).

Here are some photos (remember to click for big):

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It seems that Ella is dressed in her Brethren outfit more often than not these days:

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No, wait - sometimes she wears a "normal" hat:

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There were at least 16 balloons on the Saturday morning, undeniably spectacular:

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We all become experts on balloons at this time of year. This one can fit 22 dudes in the basket. That's a lot of dudes:

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See, look, it's like a minibus hanging there under the envelope (sorry, another bit of balloonist jargon there):

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Say hello to Jack In The Box - Ella's not scared of him, but I am. That's why I'm standing further away, taking the photo:

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I'm never too sure about panoramas, but this new camera sure makes them easier to line up:

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Mushroom!

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I could totally sell this if people wanted iconic Hamilton photos:

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Underneath:

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That thing was stalking us, I swear:

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It tried to go for a swim:

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Ella got to go in a balloon (that one behind her):

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That's her on the right:

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Here's another panorama of the early part of the Nightglow:

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This is what Ella looks like, all lit up:

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. . . aaaaand this is what a whole lot of balloons look like, all lit up:

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The girls all went to see a few balloons land in the poncy high school near us on the Sunday morning:

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4 comments:

Emilia said...

Looks like fun! :)

Helen Back said...

Great snaps of everyone having a lot of fun.

notHamilton said...

Shroom balloon is awesome - enough to make me reconsider my whole outlook on Hamilton.

(Sadly reconsideration didn't not achieve a different result)

Rach said...

These are great pictures, the balloons were awesome this time.

I know what you mean about the panorama photos, I can't seem to master them.