I was in my home office yesterday morning, sipping my coffee and trying to wake up while perusing the latest news from Twitter and Google+. It took a second, but the sound coming from outside worked its way into my head... a rushing, roaring sound. "GGGGggggggshhhhhh! GGGGggggggshhhhhh!"
I knew what it was right away: the flame from a hot air balloon, the pilot giving the bag some gas. We get a lot of balloons here in Boulder; the cool air in the summer mornings coupled with the spectacular view of the mountains makes them really popular. But this time was different; the sound was much louder than usual. Hmph, I thought, better grab the camera.
I ran outside, and yeah, it was close:
Wow! [Click to fifthdimensionate.]
How close was it? Close enough to wave at the passengers in the gondola, and have them wave back. That was cool.
It slipped out of sight, and landed in a field across from my neighborhood. I went back inside, but a few minutes later my wife called out, "We've got two more!" I went into my back yard, and one was landing in the field behind my house, too:
I have to say, this is a great way to wake up in the morning. It's simply delightful. And I have a sneaky suspicion that sometime in the next year or so I'll have to taker a ride like this myself with my family. I'd love to be able to take pictures like this from the other side.