Stopping off at the Rotary Park along the channel, across from the Festival venue, I was somewhat disappointed to see only two balloons preparing to rise into the sky. Since I hadn't yet had the opportunity to see the famous (or infamous, depending upon you point of view) London Bridge, I continued walking along the channel. As I made my way around a curve, I saw several more balloons floating in the sky. Apparently there were five or six sites that were being used this morning from which to launch the balloons.
I never did see a multitude of balloons all at one time – there were reportedly 60 some balloons participating in the festival – but it was fun to watch them as they passed overhead.
I'm not sure what the “draw” is about seeing hot air balloons in the sky, but there were a lot of people strolling along the channel and enjoying the day.
One of the “big” things for the pilots of the balloons was for them to display a bit of expertise and skill by “dipping” their basket into the water and skimming along the surface for a short distance.
Success! Touchdown and liftoff.
More coming my way!
I never realized that the pilots had so much control over their balloons. Of course, the air was still, with hardly a breeze blowing.
Some of the balloons came pretty darn close to the London Bridge!
Just as I snapped this picture, the seagull came into the frame. I think it adds something to the picture – just not sure what! LOL.
Passing directly overhead...