The Curtsey!  by Paul Albert

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Albuquerque, New Mexico Annual Invitational Balloon Fiesta is an event held each year the first full week of October, this event has in excess of 600 Balloons attend, in 2008 over 20 countries made appearances! Airabelle stretches during inflation! more like deep knee bends before climbing to the skies and dancing. I only wish you could hear the crowd, which reminds me, take notice how close the spectators are to this fascinating special shapes hot air balloon, owned by a Canadian firm, and visits the Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Mark your calenders ! the second week of October every year! Airabelle is a marvel to see fly, she has a flight and support crew of 16, the envelope weights near 900 lbs, I’ve witnessed her flying from 20 miles away, with the naked eye ! Camera Olympus E-510


  • main1
    main1over 6 years ago

    This is a great shot!! The crowd really adds scale to the picture! Nice one Paul!!

  • Thank You! Marleia, for the warm welcome here at Red Bubble, most pleased to be accepted, and now the first feature! Thanks!

    – Paul Albert

  • CarolM
    CarolMover 6 years ago

    Paul, I saw Airabelle. She is awesome! This is a wonderful shot of her. You have shown her scale perfectly. Great color and the curtsey is so cute. Great composition, perfect moment for the capture. This one is a WINNER!

  • Hi Carol, Airabell and I go way back to the original Balloon this is #2, she’s always been a fovorite, have even got a complete album devoted to her moments. hoping to be a calender series once I get my act together, most pleased you consider this moment a winner! appreciated! paul

    – Paul Albert

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 6 years ago

    How cute!! Wait until Aidan sees this one!! xo

  • Thank You! Lori, I hope the smile is impressive, the one you share is !

    – Paul Albert

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937almost 6 years ago

    Another beauty…………..Love it!

  • A Hardy thank You ! Glenda, for the delightful visit ! Appreciated comments and of course Smiles shared !

    – Paul Albert

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 5 years ago

  • Thank You ! Marie.

    – Paul Albert

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Congrats on your top ten!!! Great capture my friend :D :D

  • Got Milk Smile ! Thanks ! Cee

    – Paul Albert

  • jules572
    jules572over 4 years ago

    She’s such a flirt Paul, must drive Pepé Le Pew crazy…Jules

  • Just made the Smile bigger ! plenty of sky and smiles to go around !

    – Paul Albert

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