A Lot of Hot Air

Recently, fellow member Renee and I headed down to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, to attend a workshop. This class on night photography took advantage of the Garden’s Hot Air Balloon Festival.

The event started with a bang on Friday night as the balloons rimmed one of the many lakes for the “Glow.” All the balloons fired up together for a gorgeous affect. It was quite a magical experience. The image below shows only a few of the beautiful balloons that lit up the night.

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We were up at dawn the next day and headed back to the balloon field where the balloons were being fired up to offer rides. It was a very foggy start to the day which added to the drama. Weather can be an issue with balloon rides but they were soon given the all-clear as the day brightened to blue skies.

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After a visit to the Butterfly House and the very cute downtown we returned for the evening’s events. As members of the workshop we enjoyed up-close accessibility. Thanks to several of the balloon teams we were able to shoot inside the balloons as they were being inflated.

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Yes, it was very hot so close to the fire! But a very cool opportunity! They looked like beautiful stained glass windows.

Callaway Gardens is a wonderful family resort with a lot to offer including many types of gardens for year-round photographic opportunities. We’re thinking of heading back next spring in time for the azalea gardens to be in bloom. I think they will be spectacular!

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