Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Three Balloon Morning

There was quite the show this morning, the first Saturday of spring, from the backyard. There were three hot air balloons that made relatively close passes to my home.

The first balloon lifted off just before sunrise. It glided past in the west, passing in front of rugged Sombrero Peak of the Tucson Mountains.

The second balloon was to the east in nearly the same direction as the Sun.
I was hoping that it might pass directly in front of the Sun from my vantage point forming a balloonar eclipse, but alas, it was not to be. As it glided further northward it moved out of the Sun's glare and made a nice appearance in the sky.
The third balloon was on a course to pass nearly directly overhead from my vantage point.
While it wasn't exactly at my zenith, it did indeed make a close encounter.
It is always nice when you can look up and into the heart of the hot air balloon as they unleash the fire, giving it more lift.
Certainly it was a fine morning for sailing.

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