Monday, November 15, 2010

Moon Glow

For the longest time, I have wanted to go to New Mexico to watch a hot air balloon festival and a moon glow. I have no desire to ride in one, I just want to shoot pictures.

I finally got my chance on Saturday night! It was small and it was local but I am so glad I went and dragged the family along (except for Mason who was at a friend's birthday party.)

So the entire event was a Veteran's program that was held in the back of Cook Walden Cemetery. They have unused fields that were perfect for the kind of space they needed for the balloons.

It began with a motorcycle flag brigade. We missed their entrance but caught the ceremony with a bag pipe player and Veteran's from the local VFW Hall marching in and performing a gun salute.

See the older gentleman on the left? Something about him, his advanced age, and the song Amazing Grace on the bag pipe had me in tears. It was very moving.

After the formal ceremony was completed, the balloon part began. They gave a brief talk about the parts of a hot air balloon and some facts about how they work. Then they began to blow up the 8 hot air balloons as we watched. The sun was just setting, the air was brisk, and they played patriotic music over the speaker system. The event was so much more than we thought going in.

Look how hot the fire gets! Ouchie Wa-Wa!

We were allowed to walk down close to the balloons. That was very exciting for us all. And at this point it was dusk so the full effect of the "glow" was stunning! I mentioned the music playing so I should add that while it wasn't choreographed, the "glow" would go off and on to the beats on different balloons at different times.

Here is a "glow" OFF picture followed by the "glow" ON pictures. Stunning!

We walked back up the other side of the balloons on a little hill so I could take some more pictures. Here are a couple.

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We will be glad you did!

Stunning is the word that sums up the night! I am definitely left wanting more. A New Mexico Balloon Festival may be in my near future!

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