Wednesday, August 23, 2006


I did not get to go out today in search for inspiration for this week's challenge since my paparrazi husband decided that his need for MY camera out weighed mine and he took off with it.  That left me with the easy task of finding my favorite 'transportation' pictures in my library of 100,000's of shots.  I have always been fascinated with hot air balloons and it has been a long time dream of mine to one day ascend into the clouds in one.  While I have never actually been in one, the hot air balloon is by far my favorite vehicle of transportation.

This may not be the best picture... in fact its a poor example of contrast, color and lighting, but truth be known it is my favorite balloon picture.  Just looking at it transports me back to the moment in time when I took it.  I remember that I was happy that morning, with my son home on leave before departing for the first half of his tour in Iraq.  I can almost feel the peacefulness and contentment I felt that morning as the balloon floated with seemingly weightlessness high above the mountains in the crisp morning air.  One day I hope to know the feeling of looking down on those mountains with the same peaceful contentment.  For now I must be content with this picture and the memories it invokes.



mavarin said...

I love the colors in the second shot, the sky and mountains and all.  The balloons are gorgeous in the first one, but my favorite parts of the first photo are the plants in the foreground (what is that, sugar cane?) and the mountains behind.  The combination of mountains and balloons always reminds me of Albuquerque.  Thanks for coming up with these!  - Karen

jaymact1 said...

Wonderful photographs the scenery looks spectactular. Love Joan.

ondinemonet said...

Hi Dorn :)

WOW! You and I both share a fondness for hot-air balloons. :) There are tours up in the wine country, Napa, Sonoma, that offer balloon rides over the vineyards, and also sunset rides over San Francisco. I would love to see the city all lit up, while floating above it. This was a great entry hon... touching and inspiring.

Always, Carly

radar446 said...

Great pics Dorn!!  Balloons are so colorful and bright, I can see why they are a favorite subject of yours.  So what if the color and contrast are off a smidge in the second picture.  Photography is not always about technical perfection, it is about conveying a feeling.  By stirring those memories, it is a resounding success as a photograph.


rap4143 said...

Beautiful captures!!!

deslily said...

you never take a bad picture!  grrrrrrr lol

really pretty dorn!

tc01hm said...

Up up and away! Neat entry!

nhd106 said...

LOVE these pics!  You're way to critical.   And I also love Hot air balloons.   I've been in one 3 times in my life and each time was better than the last.  Great experiece!!  I recommend it.  (just gotta save for it)


jabarett said...

Those are great pictures. I really like the composition and color on the first one, but I can also see why the second is such a favorite!

sassydee50 said...

Dorn~Sorry LTNS. My favorites list keeps on disappearing....This first shot is a beauty! Blessings, Sassy ;-) PS. Happy Anniversary!

queenslanderk said...

Lovely Post. I really like the balloons. Never been in one and always think I would like too. What great photos you could take from up there. Kerrin

lrnorris said...

Looks like the Front Range!  Perhaps I'll see you, and not known I've seen you, at Memorial Park this weekend!

Linda (Lou)

dwhee70041 said...

Dorn, Great picture of Pikes Peak!!! David

southernmush said... you know I love hot air balloons. I have never had the chance to be in one but I have always liked them. I wish I could ride in one I think that would be fun. I am glad you shared this. This is a beautiful photo.

rjet33 said...

::sigh:: How I miss those mountains.  At least I get to see them still through your eyes.  Thanks so much.  Gawd, how I miss them.  Have I said that enough yet.  I vow to live there again one day!!!!!!!  I do!!!!!!

Blessings to you and yours,


mariebm56 said...

Beautiful shots!! We don't see hot air balloons here in NY, at least not in Westchester.
Must be some sight~