Airabelle Says Welcome to Balloon Fiesta ! 2010 by Paul Albert

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Featured in the American Southwest Group 2/27/11
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Airabelle has been one of the most popular hot air balloons at balloon fiesta, since it is 120 foot long and 82 foot tall it can be seen for miles. With a little imagination try picturing trying to land an object that large in an area anywhere in the metro area of Albuquerque, it is a monumental task, now add another 90 other balloons in the special shapes catagory and you can see the logistics involved, years ago when the Balloon Fiesta park was made there was a ( greater choices ) in landing places, so effectively the fiesta was reduced from 900 balloons to five hundred. Are you Having difficulty imagining seven 10 to 15 foot long automobiles parked bumper to bumper with a craft 82 foot tall. these pilots are FFA certified, Without a steering wheel or engine ! it is a monumental task ! Albuquerque, New Mexico USA. Balloon Fiesta 2010, Camera Olympus E-510, with 70 to 300 D lens, At 80 mm D, mornings first Sunlight, delayed due to clouded skies !

And suddenly the Challenge comes along with requirements of Earth, the people and the balloon stand on, Wind, brings the clouds above and around us, the cause of the delay must be under 12 MPH. it is ! Water the clouds bring us, or carry on thru to other places, and fire heats up the interior of the balloon envelope in launch preparation ! oh yes the event was most successful ! Enjoyed by all. and the talk is "Can’t Wait until Next Year ! " 2011 !


balloons, fiesta, special shapes, balloon, balloon fiesta, paul albert, airabelle


  • jules572
    jules572almost 4 years ago

    This girl never disappoints, a real crowd please and never camera shy. Only hope I get to meet her one day soon…Jules

  • Me too ! great experience ! They don’t give her home address, but it is advertized to be a Canadian owned Balloon. I’m writing a note to follow up and see if she has her own web site! ♥ Thanks Julie, Airabelle, Airabelle, Airabelle, Go Gurl !

    – Paul Albert

  • Noel78
    Noel78almost 4 years ago

    Wow I have one ceramic cow just like her, and I love it because I like animals living or in art. Great shot!

  • Airabelle is on her second revision at least in my viewing pleasure time, Always the crowd pleaser ! paul

    – Paul Albert

  • Rusty Katchmer
    Rusty Katchmeralmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic!!!! This must have been an awesome day for you!I went to a ballon fest 2 weeks ago at Lake George, NY …..and none of the balloons went up because of excessive wind :-(

  • Thank You ! Rusty, for your warm visit, it’s unfortunate your viewing experience, a reminder to myself how spoiled we are here in Albuquerque, select pictures from the 9 days of our annual Fiesta will be uploaded to the rest of the collection here at RB. My pleasure to share ! ♥ Paul

    – Paul Albert

  • kukawa
    kukawaalmost 4 years ago

    And There she is!!!!! Amazing Capture of her size!!!! Such clarity Paul! Can you believe….500 balloons, and no major accidents? Such a sight!!! Look forward to seeing more my friend, I’ll post a few soon!!! peace and hugs, syl

  • Well, my second guess didn’t work ! was going to rnter this Airabelle picture in the Albuquerque Journal photo contest ! instead chose Crabby morning, although had no name ! and it made the slideshow,,, guess what the ABQ Jurnal winner ( Airabelle ) Next Year ! will go with the GUT ! ♥ ♥ ♥, Yes I have more backed up in the que, for posting ! To When Pigs Fly Again, the Smile Still Works ! paul

    – Paul Albert

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • Thanks! Sarnia, Your warm welcome message Appreciated ! ♥ paul

    – Paul Albert

  • Keith Irving
    Keith Irvingover 3 years ago

    Thanks for entering our challenge The 4 Elements Paul…good try…. quite…subtle….bit of a stretch but your explaination meets the criteria. hope you dont win by default LOLK

  • Thanks Keith, the opportunity just seemed to lend itself ! paul

    – Paul Albert

  • Keith Irving
    Keith Irvingover 3 years ago

    oh and by " i hope you dont win by default" i only mean your the 1st and only entry…. quite clever actually! good luck :)

  • Well I’m not so pleased with a majority of one either ! If it were permissible I have another, same smile though ! paul

    – Paul Albert

  • aussiedi
    aussiediover 3 years ago


    well captured

  • Thank You ! Dianne for the supportive Feature, Most Appreciated ! Paul

    – Paul Albert

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 2 years ago

    I saw Airabelle, in the Plano Balloon Festival, nice capture.

  • Thank You Mary, Airabell is quite the sight isn’t she ! has been my personal favorite for some time now !

    – Paul Albert

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