Monday, October 11, 2010

ABC Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday / Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

For one reason or another, I have missed my ABC Wednesday posts for several weeks.
This post will include the letters J, K, L and M for this week.
My husband and I took a road trip across Arizona and into New Mexico to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.
There will be a lot of balloons in this post!
Click on photos to enlarge!

A very cute balloon from Japan came all the way to Albuquerque, New Mexico USA.


With about 700 balloons at Balloon Fiesta Park, they were jammed together while waiting to become air-borne.

There were so many kinds of color combinations and shapes.









All kinds of balloons...

and, all kinds of people!

 It was such fun having these balloons launch right over our heads!






SO many balloons and SO many people!


The early morning light was fabulous!

 Balloons and more balloons!

My husband is on the left enjoying the sky filled with colorful balloons.
Notice the people are looking in all directions, and still, they are not all launched!

ABC Wednesday
The theme is the letter M for this week.
I have also included J, K, and L. 

Outdoor Wednesday

44 comments:

SquirrelQueen said...

Great shots Carolyn. There are so many balloons it would be hard to decide which way to point the camera next.

I love hot air balloons. We have a small festival here in the spring but I really want to get down to Albuquerque for this one someday.

Ann said...

They are so colorful, I like the Japanese one.

You didn't go up?

Linnea said...

I was looking forward to seeing all the balloons! Wow! You didn't disappoint! So colorful and you got so many terrific shots. You must have been in photographer's paradise. Perfect blue skies to go along with all the primary colors...

Joe Todd said...

Quite a sight

Cher said...

enjoyed this post tremendously! thanks for sharing. :)

kbear said...

Welcome to Albuquerque. so happy you got to the Balloon Fiesta! I live here and it's always such a joy to be there. you captured it well in your photos! great shots!

fredamans said...

Some very fantastic balloon shots! So many varieties and great characters made into balloon.

MorningAJ said...

I'd love to see something like that!
Thanks for sharing.

Carver said...

I'm glad to see more of the beautiful balloons and a great way to catch up on all the letters you missed.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I love the balloons and your shots are terrific, Carolyn! So beautiful and colorful! I love watching them and I love flying in them, which I have done! Great way to catch up with the alphabet and ABC Wednesday! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sylvia

Tricia said...

Fun Fun Fun! Love hot air balloons, they're always so colorful & so much fun to check out - sizes, shapes, colors, etc, not to mention the people - I think we've all been MOONED! heheheee

photowannabe said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I hope to do the same thing one year. What a variety of balloons and my goodness some people really make the viewing interesting. Too funny.

Leo said...

what a colorful combination of balloons.. I liked the Japanese one the best! :D nice M, J, K and L :)

My M Post Is Here:
http://leonnyes.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/morning-mist/

Verde Farm said...

This is an event I would love to see in person. How wonderful it must be to see those beautiful balloons floating to the blue sky. Wonderful pictures :)
Amy

Roger Owen Green said...

Great catching up. Wonderful variety of balloons.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

RuneE said...

It was tempting to say that this post was just a lot of hot air :-) , but in reality it was simply gorgeous.

Nanka said...

Never seen so many hot air balloons.A lot of variety and very colorful too.

EG Wow said...

Great shots of all those balloons!

Gramma Ann said...

I agree that was a lot of balloons. I loved looking at the balloons you captured on your vacation.

Tumblewords: said...

A memorable event, to be sure. The mass of balloons is totally exciting and creative. The lady on land who moons adds a little madness. :) Fantastic photos!

Barb said...

Hi Carolyn, I was at he Balloon Festival too - it was a great weekend. We have many of the same shots. It's a fabulous place for photographers!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow! We have always wanted to be there for this Festival -- somehow it never seems to fit our travel schedule. so many lovely things to see and do in NM/AZ.

Shigune Matsui said...

Both funny and cute! Here's mine http://thelunaticsdiary.blogspot.com/2010/10/mechas-mystical-creatures-and-bit-of.html

Martha Z said...

Great shots, every one!

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

Wow, those are incredibly good photos! Well done! And welcome back to ABC Wednesday!

I love to see balloons. We have them over here sometimes, but I've never seen quite so many all together.

Oh behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

caite said...

fantastic pictures!
hard to pick a fav. but I do love the Pepsi can...lol

Kim, USA said...

This makes me smile!! And I like that plastic butt hehe!
ABC Wednesday

Granny Smith said...

Such fantastic photos of the myriad colorful balloons! I would have loved to be there watching them.

Thank you for a truly pleasurable post!

Donnie said...

We've been to Balloon Festivals before and were on a chase crew once. A lot of fun. Lovely photo's.

Linda said...

What great photos...they have a balloon festival nearby here every year...I have never been, but all those photos make me want to go next year!

Rick said...

Awesome colours, awesome balloons - so beautiful against that pure blue New Mexico sky ! Oh, and a few awesome people too ;-) Great shots Carolyn !

Wanda said...

That us quite a collection of Hot Air Balloons... it's on my Bucket List.... ((smile))

srp said...

My daughter is in Reno, NV doing her doctoral work and they had a large balloon race. I tried to get her to go and take pictures but she was busy. She said I would just have to fly out and take some myself... I wish!

Jama said...

There's so much variety and colors, I love them!

Irene said...

So many great shots Carolyn! Beautiful colors and shapes. Never seen anything like it. If i could, I would visit the festival.

Wish you a great day

Irene

Cezar and Léia said...

Your husband did a great work with his camera, the pictures are wonderful, so many colorful and creative balloons!
Léia

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful colors and photos! I like the hear balloon:-)
Wish you a nice day!

Dave said...

the 909 is perfect!

Tammie Lee said...

wonderfully fun, colorful and fantastic group of photos. Looks like you had a grand time!

lazyclick said...

Very colorful balloons.

Carol said...

Great photos, Carolyn! What a colorful series of shots!

Scott said...

What awesome fun. They have a small balloon fest each year here at Antelope Island State Park, but the timing is always bad for me and I think they're lucky if they get 30 or 40 balloons, nothing like the 700 that you saw. That would be a blast.

anjoe playhouse said...

I would like seeing all the balloons IRL. So great photos!

Y. Ikeda said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog and informing "your" balloon festival. And sorry for commenting on this relatively old entry...
This is a great series of photos. A lot of balloons, with a lot of colors, and variety of shapes!
I can tell that you and your husband had a lot of fun!!
I am glad to fine a cute balloon from Japan:)