USA Day 8 Part 3

So far on October 5th we went to the morning show of the Balloon Fiesta, we explored Old Town and we went for a bike ride.  It was already a very full day but we added one more event.  Balloon Glow.

When we returned to the Balloon Fiesta grounds the sun was getting low in the sky. We wandered around a bit, checking out some of the exhibits.  We talked to some mounted policemen, took in the chainsaw carvings and wandered through a tent all about hot air ballooning.  We stopped to chat with some Air Force recruiters as well which was a highlight.

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As the sun started to set, balloons all across the field started to fill with hot air.

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Once again, I was running around like a mad woman but this time with a tripod. I have to give a plug for my tripod at this point.  Instead of using the ball head with screws that you have to tighten and loosen, mine has a handle which unlocks the mechanism when you squeeze it and then holds it in place when you release it.  It was a lifesaver on this evening.  You didn’t have a lot of time to stop and compose a shot, so it was great to be able to swivel my camera around quickly.

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Every now and then, all of the pilots would fire up their burners at one time and the whole field glowed. It was jaw dropping.  Really!

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Les stopped at one point to help a couple of ladies who were setting up even though their crew was late. He is getting to be an expert!

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The evening was truly the crowning moment of the day.

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If you ever get a chance to take in this event, I would highly recommend it. Whether you are a photographer or not.

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