This year's Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque got sandwiched in with the remnants of a couple hurricanes from the Gulf of California, but it has gone pretty smoothly. I don't have much tolerance for the crowds at the launch site, but an early morning breeze often brings a good number of balloons over the neighborhood and one often lands nearby.
Even in calm air it is a tricky business to bring a balloon down on city streets.
This star spangled craft touched down in a dead-end a couple blocks from our house.
The chase vehicles delivered fresh propane bottles and a new load of passengers.
The balloon took off again and joined the pack heading south.
I decided one morning to try following one of the balloons with my motorcycle. I thought I would intercept the landing near Old Town, but I ended up on a tortuous chase which took me deep into Albuquerque's South Valley. I watched the balloon come to ground finally in a mobile home park near Coors Blvd.
I used 135 and 50mm Takumar lenses on my Pentax K1000 for these pictures. I thought the combination did a pretty good job, though a zoom might have made the shoot a little easier.