The balloon is being inflated with a 36" gas powered fan: they were spot checking if for tears (i think). A Brighton Bengal looks on.
Levitating it with hot exhaust from its burner.
A little chat before they go. I'm told it's about $2000/trip: fuel seems to be the culprit.
Moon-shine, the maroon balloon at the end, was one of the 1st up.
As they warm the air with the burner the guy on the rope has to stabilize the top of the balloon. (When the top starts going up this guy did what he could but he was up by the woman with the coffee cup by the rope in a few seconds...)
Gas on. Warming things up a bit.. It seems the older dude in each group (owner?) directs the burner into the balloon. This one's starting to float.
The balloon top is rising, the owner is running, as slow as he can. The girl in orange jumped on the rope but didn't slow the assent.
Ready to go, soon gone.
I'm told these don't land as much as bump-and-skid their way to a stop at the end of a ride.
The woman looks comfortable with the landing eventuality.
All at once or one at a time.. I like the day-glow orange shoes and bystander shadows.
The balloon top is up, so this rope guy can afford to snap a phone pic while holding the balloon top stable with his free hand.
The sun is breaking over the Wasatch as many of the balloons are up or about ready to lift off.
Sandy Balloon Fest, around 7am as the sun rises over the Wasatch Mtns to the east.
These (bright, colorful) images are my favorites. I guess it's been a while since they could hold this event. It's been too windy/stormy in the past.
Another upright, vertical, and ready to go.
Inflating with the 36" gas powered fan, checking for tears, getting ready to go.
The parking-lot is somewhat crowded.
Balloons over Toyota..
Between shots filling the balloon with exhaust from the burners.
Up they go. The pilot of this one was skilled: he floated across the field and cleared a Cottonwood tree by a foot.
While the balloon is on its way to splitting the uprights in the cottonwood, the family in the dugout got a close look at the bottom of its basket..
This one drifted right through the gap between the top branches: very smooth.