First one, then another, then three more and a dozen -- hot air balloons cleared the launch field and battled for suddenly-crowded air space at the Dansville Airport.
This montage of photographs details the lift-off of nearly 50 dazzling aircraft at Dansville's Festival of Balloons (NYSFB at Dansville). Final pictures, featuring the "special" entrants, will be published later this week.
It takes a big burn to get airborne. This balloonist blistered three large holes in his craft.
They bump, they push and shove. First one to get clear wins!
This colorful herringbone-patterned balloon went straight up.
Looks like some sort of financial chart. "Things are looking up!"
Black diamonds are good, right? Background: herringbone gets some air.
An elegant balloon showing only blue and white finds the clouds, higher and higher.
These two look like they're headed for a collision. It's just an illusion.
Three of the more exotic color patterns gain altitude and solitude.
One monstrous eye looks on as a crazy-quilt of colors soars overhead.
Two pairs of balloonists head heavenward. They soon joined the crowd, nearly out of sight.
Top to bottom: more and more balloons sail to the northwest of Dansville, and toward the horizon.
In all, more than 40 hot air balloons filled the sky on a spectacular Sunday evening at Dansville. It was a beautiful Labor Day Weekend for ballooning. Final batch of exotic-design balloon pics soon.
All photos copyright 2009 - reprints available on request.
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