Rallying for Balloons

I’m not a morning person. I mean, I love them, I’m just not great at having coherent conversations or making sure the coffee filter is sitting on top of the mug before pouring the boiling water. (I’ve actually done this.) But I’d never been to the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally, and people said it was great, so even though the balloons take off in the early morning I considered going.

It should sound fun, right? What was I, some kind of balloon-hating communist? It was just that getting up in the dark and cold and into the car and joining a throng of people watching huge objects rise into the sky didn’t top of my list of fun things to do.

Then a friend informed me they do a Saturday evening event. Well, I can definitely be coherent and willing to join civilization by then. And if that was totally fun then I’d be more motivated to get up early the next day for the morning ascension. So I went at dusk on a Saturday.

Rallying for Balloons

“Hm. Even though our outfits match, I’m skeptical of this giant superhero head.”

Rallying for Balloons

A little while later.

Looks fun, right? It was. But I wasn’t loving the shots I was getting, or maybe I’m just not as fascinated by hot-air balloons as everyone else. Plus my stomach was growling, so I packed up and headed to Lambert’s for a snack and a glass at the bar.

Getting out of my car by the restaurant, I saw this beautiful green light and thought, aha. Here’s a shot. A man was getting out of his car nearby and watched me set up my tripod and camera in the middle of the parking lot. He said, “What are you looking at?”

I pointed at the tree. “The light.”

He shook his head and hustled toward the shops, probably wondering if I’d gone off my meds.

Rallying for Balloons

Now we’re talking.

It turned out to be a good night after all. I set the alarm in preparation for the morning ascension the next day, and when it went off I thought for exactly one second about going, then turned off the alarm and rolled over. A couple hours later, when I was up and moving, the French toast and coffee at the Diner seemed more delicious than ever.

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  1. Ron Hagg December 10, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    These are super shots and I liked the story about the man. Being the artist you are, you saw the beauty and he was just in a hurry.

    • deonne December 10, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Ron – Thank you! He missed out, that’s for sure.

  2. Manisha December 10, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Ha! So you never went at dawn? I’m with you on that. But now that the little one will be starting school, I think my relationship with the dawn is going to change and I plan to take full advantage of that, like getting up early to take sunrise photos while we are on vacation.
    Well, I say that now, but who knows what will happen when I’m facing the actual decision….Loved the green light! What was it coming from? Or is it just the streetlight reflected in the green tree? Mysterious, unexplained lovely photo!
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    • deonne December 10, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      Manisha – I never did go at dawn, although it’s such a big deal here I really need to do it at least once. Just not this year, ha. Sounds like your timeframe is changing, so maybe you’ll be the one getting those glorious dawn shots? Have at it, my friend. (The green light was simply the streetlamps filtering through the leaves. Gorgeous.)

  3. Sherry in MT December 12, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    I love these and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see a balloon rally that isn’t the big one! I want to come see one of the festivals but honestly the one in Albuquerque is going to be too hard to get to see. I am going to “mark” this one as a possibility maybe for next year! Merry Christmas!
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    • deonne December 12, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      Sherry – Yes, come out next fall for the Taos rally! Much more manageable than Albuquerque. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, as well.

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