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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2014

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It would be magnificent to see the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in person, but a video of this year’s event is the next best thing. Watch hundreds of colorful balloon take off into the clear blue sky! This time-lapse video by Knate Myers combines a spectator’s point of view with footage taken from a balloon in the air.

Each morning begins very early as a group of 6-12 hot air balloons known as Dawn Patrol, ascent into the deep blue sky before sunrise. These skilled pilots test wind and weather conditions as other pilots and crew begin to lay out hundreds of balloons across the field.

Just as dawn breaks, the next wave of balloons begin to lift off. When the sun rises above the Sandia Mountains it simultaneously fills the morning with beautiful light as the balloons fill the sky with color. The next 60-90 minutes are a great mix of fun and chaos as several hundred more balloons lift off, wave after wave.

This is only a small part of the footage he recorded, so there will be more to come. -via Laughing Squid

See also: Previous posts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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