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Name:insidious_plots
Location:Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Thursday, October 7
  AIBF, day 6

first, i want to note that the day 3 night events and all of day 4 and 5 were rained out...

and now on with the post...

each event is better than the last...
though, in this case, it is because we actually went to where it was all happening...



when we got there a bit after 6am, it was still dark and there were a dozen or so glowing balloons in the sky for the dawn patrol and that was cool and all, but, at about 7am, the mass ascension officially started and suddenly we were surrounded, trapped in between rows of inflating ballons and the sound of generators and burners pretty much drowning out everything else...
and, as each one filled, it lifted off, as you can see in this video...
within minutes, the sky was filled with them... and, actually, 'sky' is the wrong way to put it, they were not only up, they were on every side, filling vision from from ground to directly overhead...

just a few brief comments...
because of the perspective, you can really see how gigantic these things are (one balloonist had a bumper sticker that read "Have YOU ever tried to park a six-story house?"), and because we were right there, up close, the pics are much much better than before... i am particularly fond of this one and she got this amazing one...

other highlights in this batch include many special shapes (like a pirate, the bees, and the creamland cow), a few assorted interesting things like this balloon with no gondola, just a seat and a tank strapped to the guy's back, the giant squirrel that flew down the vendor strip, right above the crowd, and pics/vids of the "chase crews" that actually catch landing balloons and get them stopped without the gondola full of people tipping over...

anyway, this collection is now, without a doubt, the best batch yet, there are more than usual because there were so many good ones and the videos are all very cool, i highly recommend watching all six of them before they are deleted...
so, don't settle for the highlights above, go see everything...
all of the files in this batch start with "6-"...


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