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When I took this photo I was actually not in one of the baskets but rather laying on my back in the wet morning grass trying to focus on the balloons fastly moving out of my field, getting a little smaller with each breath. I love the pffff tones that come from the burners and every once in a while you might see a harmless fire in the sky when they add power. There is a wonderful excitement that goes along with each start and nobody cared if I was actually crawling through the grass looking pretty stupid. They had the fourth morning in a row with early starts and they all looked wild, adventurous and certainly not shaved and hardly showered but eager to go up and see what the sky had for them, where they would end, if there was a good place to land again, and I assure you that some of the landings in the mountains look pretty spectacular. I love to sleep in sometimes and there was a certain temptation to roll around on this beautiful Sunday morning but you forget a short night sleep immediately once you see the fabric rolled out on the ground and when they fill the balloon with air there is certainly no photographer that can be hold back you just dive in!

Other photos from the same Hot Air Balloon Festival: lellow or hot_air

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Additional Photos by Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1376 W: 3 N: 1963] (8829)
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