Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2007 Photos

I took a early morning trip to the Balloon Fiasco as we often call it. I would have probably had four times as photos if I didn’t run out of battery power. You can view the flickr set or watch the slide show below.

http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?group_id=&user_id=74806935@N00&set_id=72157602363949707&text=

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UFO? Yes. Alien? Probably Not.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta started on Friday. Friday Morning there were, predictably, balloons over my house. When looking up at this one there was this very interesting pink “thing” way up in the atmosphere. I dismissed it as a plane at first but realized that it was just hovering there, then would move some and then hover some more.

It probably was just a high altitude balloon. It’s movement pattern was very strange however. Here’s a blow up of the dot. In the balloon picture you can see a very small dot at the top just off center to the left.

It’s something for sure. I suspect it’s a hot air balloon at it’s max altitude or some other type of balloon. I do not feel that it’s an alien or anything like that.
 

 

Wrong Kind Of Cactus On New Mexico Poster

The 2004 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is due to start in October. There’s been a bit of hub-bub because of the poster.

The major problem to me is they hired a Texas artist to do the poster. There’s always been a kind of Texas/New Mexico rivalry between the two states but this isn’t my issue. See New Mexico is pretty well know for it’s fancy-smancy artists. Santa Fe and Taos both have quite a few of those types there. I suspect they are at least better known for their artists than Texas.

Second problem is the Texas Artist screwed it up. There’s Balloons and there’s a cowboy. Sounds good. There are also Saguaro cactuses. For those not familiar with the South West United States, these are native to the Sonoran Desert which, “has a quite limited geographical range, centred on southern Arizona and extending into western Sonora (Mexico)” which means they don’t even exists in New Mexico. I know, to the rest of the world these cactuses exist in the desert southwest and that includes New Mexico. But if you want to accurately show one of New Mexico’s few claims to fames then it’s probably a good idea to be accurate on such a little detail. Perhaps the cactuses could be replaced with power lines.

By the way, thanks to Metaquerque for the links

2002 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Photos taken from the 2002 Balloon Fiesta. I have to say that I’m pretty surprised at how many photos came out as well as they did, especially the night ones. The Photoshot S100 I used has almost no manual controls so It is very difficult to get good pictures at night. Not to say that I didn’t have plenty of blurry or underexposed photos.