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Plainville Fire Company’s 26th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival 2010 – CT Photographer

We were supposed to be on vacation last week.  I set the time aside, decided on a variety of day trips, pull all my work on hold and waited with anticipation about spending an entire week doing fun things with my kids.  And then it rained.  Almost all week.  It was Friday before we saw any sun and we were so disappointed.  No beach, no train rides, no biking, nada.

But there was still the weekend and our plan to go to the Plainville Fire Company’s 26th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. All I can say is, it did not disappoint.  There is nothing quite like being in a field surrounded by massive balloons inflating.   It makes you realize how small you really are.

I think they give rides if you book early, but you won’t see my feet leaving the ground, thankyouverymuch.   For a girl that avoids the second floor at the mall, the thought of flying over parts of CT in nothing more than a wicker basket, makes me want to bungee myself to my office chair.  But kudos to those of you that possess that type of bravery.

We were at both the sunrise launch and the evening launch and as much as I enjoyed having fewer crowds at sunrise, the evening sun was just glorious!

I used my 16 to 35mm 2.8, super wide lens to capture this beautiful site, because I love me a little distortion.  I took a couple hundred photos, but these are just a few of my favorites.

If you live near Hartford, CT and you have the chance to make it to the 27th annual hot air balloon festival, do yourself a favor and go.  You’ll thank me later.

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