The above photos were taken Friday evening at the Quechee Balloon Festival in Vermont. The NEPE (New England Photo Expedition) group had a Meetup planned for the entire weekend, but I was only able to spend a few hours ~ thankfully, a few GOOD hours!
If you've never been to a hot air balloon festival, I would like to suggest that you search for one in your area to attend. There is nothing quite like observing and experiencing such a magical event... As soon as the balloons begin to inflate with their hot air ~ one by one until there are too many to count, it's like being a kid in a candy store.
However, I must admit, I couldn't imagine actually riding in one... I have a fear of heights that puts my kids into fits of laughter at any carnival. It's gotten better over the past couple years ~ as I've found the inner strength to settle my self and my heart as needed, to will a friend across the edge of a bridge for a photo op, or to accompany my kids on a high gondola ride. But inside, I am absolutely fluttering. I find it interesting, that even with such inexplicable fears, my most enjoyable dreams are those in which I am flying...
Thank you friends, who have decorated my life in countless ways and have given me wings to fly.