The 36th Annual Southwest Iowa Hot Air Balloon Race, our community’s most popular event, occurred last weekend. While we had clear weather, wind conditions only permitted two of the four scheduled flights, three of which are competitive. Both of those flights were characterized by almost no wind, almost cancelling the second flight. Because a church member was sponsoring a balloon, I was able to get up close for some pictures on Saturday morning and then have my first ride on Saturday evening. It was a blast! Here are some of the weekend’s pictures that I think meet this week’s challenge – from the lines (cables connecting the baskets to the envelopes) to the geometric patterns of the envelopes.
As I mentioned I had my first flight in a balloon! While only about a mile in distance to the target, the winds were minimal, making it about a twenty-minute flight. It was an invigorating experience and a blessing from God. Here are few more photos I took from that afternoon ride.
While all three of my daughters have previously flown, my wife has been apprehensive about me flying because of a deadly hot air balloon accident she saw portrayed in a movie. Additionally, you might have noticed that the balloon sponsor was a funeral home – “that could be like a direct ride to the Pearly Gates.”(ba-dum tshh). However, I went with her blessing. When suggested by one of my daughters that “we need to get Mom up, now,” she responded, “When God gives me wings.”
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)
See more examples of this week’s challenge HERE
Just knew it was going to be another great blog! Thank you for sharing! Praise The Lord for a magnificent weekend and the flights!
Thanks, Joyce. It was a fun weekend and a wonderful opportunity to get a different perspective on God’s creation.
Great pictures Chuck!
Thanks, William. It was good to see you and Deb at the parade!
Such striking shots! And congratulations on your first balloon ride. Thank you for sharing this memorable event. I envision many of these pictures enlarged, framed and hanging in several venues in Creston…
Thanks for those kind words, SSM. It was truly a memory maker and glad I had the opportunity to get the shots I got.
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Must have missed this last week but I’m glad I caught it. Balloons are so colorful!
Thanks, Janet. It was a late entry, but I had a lot of fun getting the pictures last weekend and wanted to add them to the challenge.
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