Photo: Taking Flight in a Balloon over the Napa Valley

Picture: Hot Air Ballon and storm clouds at sunrise over vineyard near Oakville, Napa Valley, California.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve just completed an overdue update to my website, including a number of new online photo galleries. The first gallery I’d like to introduce is the Napa Valley Vineyards and Wine Country. This image seems like it’s an appropriate metaphor regarding the launch of these new galleries.

In this photo, I happened to be shooting this vineyard at sunrise. I was so focused on what I was doing, that for quite awhile, I hadn’t noticed that less than a 1/4 mile away, a balloon had started to inflate in the vineyard behind me. In the still morning air, it wasn’t long before the balloon lifted and floated past where I was standing. I took several shots, but this is the best one because this has the flame under the balloon. FWIW – this isn’t one of the larger “tourist” balloon flights offered elsewhere in the valley. Rather, this had only 4 people; a great intimate way to see the valley.




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