Earlier this month, The Villages hosted a Balloon Glow event. It was a huge success as about 10,000 people came out to our Polo Grounds over the weekend to see the hot air balloons, and even get free tethered rides. I prefer to stay on the ground, thank you. But I was eager to see what kinds of photos I could get.
I arrived early to watch the crews inflate their balloons.
There was a steady stream of folks going for rides.
Once the sun went down, throughout the evening the balloons would fire up their burners simultaniously and give the dark sky a glow.
Of course, I couldn’t resist using a little Photoshop magic to get rid of the tethering ropes on some of my photos…because this is probably as close as I’ll ever get to a real hot air balloon experience.