Hot Air Balloons

I’ve been fortunate to attend a couple of hot air balloon festivals. If you haven’t been to one or seen a hot air balloon set up for a flight, it’s quite a process, as these images demonstrate. Balloons are mobile and often carried in or on the back of a van or truck. The whole thing is unpacked. The burner used to heat the air needs to be attached to the basket. Then a large fan with a gasoline motor blows air into the envelope (the balloon itself). ONece there is enough air in the envelope, the burner is lit and begins to heat the air. The balloon slowly goes from lying on the ground to verticle. Finally, hop in and away you go. Oh yeah, this group had to notify a local airbase so that they did not cause any alarm or conflict with flight plans.

Markey Bridge

I saw this bridge in Revere, MA and liked the lines especially with the buildings in the background. Shapes and lines are often best shown in B&W, but I know that when I show only the B&W, there is often a request for the color version. And the light was so warm and beautiful. So, here is the color version:


Earlier today, I was riding my bike after thunderstorms moved through our area. As I got about halfway through the ride I came upon this field. It’s one of those quintessential New England hay fields. Behind it was the thundercloud that had created the storm earlier. It reminded me of the wonderful photos of thunderclouds that Ansel Adams made. Thunderclouds are great subjects for photos because of the size and shape and the power they represent. Though I only had my iPhone with me for a camera, I stopped to make this image which I processed later using a Photoshop App.

Below is a photograph by Ansel Adams… the master. This was made at Half Dome in Yosemite NP.