A Whole Lot of Hot Air


WC’s new home is the site of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic; 100 or more hot air balloons participating in a multi-day event. WC took time away from unpacking to go down and catch some of the hot air. And it is pretty impressive, if difficult to photograph.

It starts with a genuine, absolutely real thing, trial balloon. One ballon goes up to see what the winds aloft are like.

A Trial Ballon, with Canada Geese

A Trial Ballon, with Canada Geese

The long streamers dangling below are to show the balloonists what the winds are doing. The geese are just a bonus. You know, bird photography. Because conditions were pretty good, if a bit gloomy for photography, the other balloons set about inflating.

Gassing up.

Gassing up.

Even the very large park field we were at could only accommodate ten or so of the behemoths. Half inflated in this shot, they are impressively big. Because hot air balloons photographed from below are unimpressive, we relocated to a road overlooking the park in time to see some of the early launches.

Ballons Over Boise, or at least over Ann Morrison Park

Ballons Over Boise, or at least over Ann Morrison Park

Apparently the winds around Boise are favorable for hot air ballooning, offering different directional breezes at different altitudes, the “Boise Box” in balloon-speak.

A few of the balloons against a dramatic sky

A few of the balloons against a dramatic sky

However favorable the winds, they get spread out across a lot of sky, making them difficult to photograph and still capture a sense of what’s going on. But for a few hours, at least, most anywhere you are in Boise if you look up, you’re going to see a hot air balloon.

A sky full of colors

A sky full of colors

 

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