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Canberra Balloon Fiesta

Title: Canberra Balloon Fiesta
Photographer: Darren Stones
Location: Forecourt of Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Date and time: Saturday 26 April 2008. 7:25 AM.

“The night before I was floating on air with enthusiasm at the prospect of photographing hot air balloons drifiting through the Canberra skies. Upon waking at 6:00am, I sprung out of bed and excitedly pulled back the motel room curtain to see if the sky was clear. All I could see was fog, one which I’d describe as a pea-souper. So far from home and running to a schedule, the visions I had of blue skies dotted with multi-coloured balloons were soon drifting away. I was deflated, just like the balloons were a few hours later. What a bummer. Next time.” – Darren Stones

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  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkalmost 5 years ago

    You can not push the weather but keep it on the agenda Darren. Hope you managed some different pics after the fog left or did it?

  • Hi John. It was a fruitful trip to the nation’s capital. The skies cleared about 10am and it was a gorgeous day.

    – Darren Stones

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwualmost 5 years ago


  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 5 years ago

    Nice play on words Darren and great image, which sums it all up.

  • Clare McClelland
    Clare McClellandalmost 5 years ago

    As an experienced “balloonatic” I can tell you that particularly with hot-air ballooning, it is much better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground!! It is well worth perservering to go on a flight, so hope you have another opportunity soon.

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago


  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Darren! Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group 19 Jan 2010. The weather doesn’t always co-operate so we have to be flexible. You still got a good image. :)

  • I’m honoured, flattered and not so deflated now that I’ve been featured. Thanks very much, Sue. :)

    – Darren Stones

  • Paula McManus
    Paula McManusalmost 5 years ago

    awww, that’s such bad luck! nice story Darren, congrats on your feature! :)

  • anneoc
    anneocalmost 5 years ago

    Very well written Darren. Like it. Anne

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyover 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Darren! Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group.

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