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One morning just before dawn, we traveled about an hour plus from Cairns to Mareeba, Australia to the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland for an exciting adventure in a hot air balloon.
Mareeba is an aboriginal word for “meeting of the waters”, since it is where the Barron River, and the Granite and Emerald Creeks come together.
These balloons slowly filled with hot air and lifter off the cold, damp ground, forming their shapes to become air borne. The next couple of hours gliding across the majestic country side below was amazing!

Canon EOS 1DS mark III
1/10 sec
ISO 1600
focal length 46mm
28-300mm glass
hand held

Just a retired old guy who loves looking for an eclectic mix of subjects to photograph, from people, to places, to concepts, and enjoys all aspects of the hunt, the find, and the shot, plus dabbling in the post production.

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist”
Oscar Wilde

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  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 1 year ago

    Wow! What a fabulous shot, Phil! The colors are just gorgeous…and love the composition! Excellent!!!

  • thanks karen
    this was a terrific experience! Very early morning, low light, no flash, high ISO, slow shutter speed etc. thanks for that!

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonover 1 year ago

    So, are you ‘hooked’ on balooning? Sounds like a lot of fun. I presume to you took a few hundred pics. Looking forward to seeing them. :-)

  • pete
    our first time up in one and it was exhilarating in every way. Great views, sunrise, lots of things to see from on high. Really fun! Each basket held eighteen folks, which surprised me a little, but off we went…

    – phil decocco

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    great capture Phil xx

  • thanks lynn
    lotsa fun that morning there in Queensland

    – phil decocco

  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAover 1 year ago

    Very nice look at mine done with a 35mm camera hand held I was not close to my shot called kool

  • tom
    thanks for your comment……..would you add a few more words of clarification so I can appreciate it even more? thanks

    – phil decocco

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 1 year ago

    Beautifully caught Phil.

  • thanks al
    it was a fun adventure. My first balloon ride and it was great!

    – phil decocco

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 1 year ago

    Hi Phil. Congrats, your wonderful image has been featured in the Destination Australia group. Thanks for sharing.

  • thanks john
    we loved visiting your country and taking home some wonderful memories

    – phil decocco

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • thanks much derek

    – phil decocco

  • debidabble
    debidabbleover 1 year ago

  • debi
    I appreciate your note and accepting this image

    – phil decocco

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksover 1 year ago

    Your artwork is terrific!

  • linda
    many thanks for featuring this image and the early morning launch

    – phil decocco

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 1 year ago

    June 24,2013

  • Ann
    Many thanks for this feature! Nice surprise!

    – phil decocco

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