Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Great Prosser Hot Air Balloon Rally













I had the pleasure of attending my first balloon rally last weekend in Prosser, Washington. All I can say is that it's an explosion of color that everyone should enjoy. The following are just a few of the photos I took at the rally.

Ballooning in Prosser started 20 years ago when balloon pilot Ted Wirch came to town to give his in-laws a balloon ride. During Ted's flight over Prosser he realized just what a beautiful place Prosser really is. He decided there and then that he had to tell other balloonist about the great flying there was to be had in the skies over Prosser.

Make sure you click on each photo for a closer look. Enjoy!!

20 comments:

Shoshana from The Art Corner said...

Wow these photos are fabulous!!!
Thanks for sharing the happy colors with us.

David Patterson said...

Thanks Shosh!!

Paintings by Patricia said...

These are an explosion of color. Thanks for the great photos, David.

eeniemoni said...

Oh David,
these are absolutely striking! One day, I'm hoping to see something like this. Thanks for sharing these

HeartFire said...

David
Oh Thank you!!! Love all the brilliant colors, terrific photos. Looks like you've been having fun, hope you got to ride in one too. Now I have to add going to a balloon festival on my road trip list!

By the way, how did you get your blogger screen so wide? I have a couple of bare inches on each side...Delorse

Sheila said...

These are GORGEOUS! I've seen pix with balloons over wine country and the desert and these are absolutely the bet.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Absolutely beautiful David!

L Shrader said...

Absolutely gorgeous David! I have been to a Balloon Rally, and you have truly captured how colorful and magnificent it is! Great job. Thanks for sharing :-)
XO... L

Laurie said...

Splendid photos David! And what a real treat it must have been to be there to see all those colorful balloons in the sky and reflecting on the water!!!
:)
~Laurie

David Patterson said...

Thank you so much ladies!!

genie said...

these pics are indeed a feast for the eyes!! gr8 photos!

David Patterson said...

Thank you Genie!

Pat Meras said...

My dream for years has been to take a hot air balloon ride. I came real close once at 3:30am in Bozeman Montana in the 70's. The wind came up and the dream deflated. I'm not giving up though. Your beautiful photos renewed my resolve although this may be as close as I come for a while yet. Thanks for sharing. Must have been a thrilling adventure. Blueskies~ Pat Meras

Larry.C.Briones said...

What's funny is that I grew up in the Yakima Valley, near Prosser and I never witnessed the hot air balloons there. These pictures make me want to visit my home again and experience this wonderful event, thanks so much for the great shots!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Spectacular! I love them all but find the heart one especially striking...what fun!

David Patterson said...

Thank you Pat, Larry, and Blue Sky!

Deb Edmunds said...

David these are terrific! I love the reflections on the water that you caught. They are almost like fairy tale photos!
Deb

raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com said...

I am not surprised at all these comments on your wonderful photos, they are fantastic. You certainly do a great job!

David Patterson said...

Thank you Rae, that's very nice of you to say!

Patrick Choi said...

I never even knew such an event existed here in Washington! These are really great and every image is very well composed.