Saturday, January 23, 2016

Up, Up and Away!

(all images in this post taken by Jessica Saienni)

When you go for a ride in a hot air balloon, some of the passengers are asked to help-that's my son in the foreground.

Early morning sun=really cool shadows.

The Railyard in Albuquerque. the big circle at the top is where trains would turn around.

This shot is shortly after liftoff-somewhere near Coors Blvd and Montano in Albuquerque

Truth be told, I have a strange combination of fear of heights in wide open spaces. The thought of getting into a hot air balloon and ascending up into the sky with the earth below opening up below me is terrifying. Being up in an airplane, I am fine as I am not exposed to the wide open space. On a ski lift chair coming down a mountain puts me in to a near panic mode. I'm OK going up on a ski lift chair though. But a hot air balloon? Forget it! I simply can't do it. Trams sometimes get me too even though I am in an enclosed space, I can see how far the earth is from my feet. Hard to explain. Not logical, I know, but there you go.

However, today my son, John and his girlfriend, Jessica, celebrated one year of being together. She planned this whole trip out and kept it a secret from him. Fortunately, the weather was perfect and the ride was epic. They could see everywhere for probably at least 70 miles in any direction. These images are the ones she took on their early morning flight. Needless to say, they had a great day celebrating the occasion.

Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!


Sylvia K said...

I have taken a balloon flight and loved it!! A great sense of freedom and wonderful way to see the area!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!! Enjoy!!

Ralph said...

ABQ looks so cool viewed from the balloon! It is a wonderful surprise gift for your son and you got some great aerial shadows while being safely on the ground :)

Jeannie Marie said...

The shadows seen from the air are wonderful! I would love to ride in a hot air balloon!

colleen said...

At first I thought it was Peter Fonda's motorcycle.

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful shadows! Riding n a hot air balloon is not for me, though, I'm a scaredy cat! (Just like you!)

Klara said...

wonderful experience. I have mixed feelings (fear and wish to do it). ;-)

namaki said...

Yep ! That I would love to do ! I love the shadow of the balloon on the ground !

Norma Ruttan said...

I don't think your fear is unusual. If I remember correctly, fear of falling is something innate. I love viewing hot air balloons, but I have never wanted to ride in one.

fredamans said...

I love the balloon shadow!

Chubskulit Rose said...

That baloon shadow is awesome!


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