Hot Air Balloon by Rachel Stickney


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Hot air balloons frequently fly over my neighborhood in southwest Ohio. I always enjoy seeing the colorful balloons floating along up in the sky. One of these days I will go up in one!

Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D)
1/400 sec.
ISO 200
Canon EF 70-300mm @260mm

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  1. Placed in the Top Ten (2nd) in the In Living Color in Midwestern United States Photography – February 2011


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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 4 years ago

    what a great picture!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  • Thank you, Charmiene! Happy New Year to you, too! :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • Thanks very much for the fave as well, Charmiene!

    – Rachel Stickney

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombalmost 4 years ago

    You must go up sometime – I’m in Albuquerque where they have the International Balloon Fiesta every year – so when visitors come for the first time they always go for a ride, and I go with them….it’s really fun. This is a wonderful capture by the way

  • Thanks so much, Loree! I’ve always wanted to go that Balloon Fiesta, especially now since I’ve got a great camera. :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombalmost 4 years ago

    if and when you want to go, let me know – I always have room…there were 12 people my first year in Albuquerque for the fiesta….lol I overlook the balloon park so even tho you MUST go down for the liftoff one day, you can watch from my patio and if the winds are favorable, they float right over the house.

  • Wow, thank you, that’s so nice of you to offer! I will definitely keep that in mind. I’m sure it’s an amazing experience to see all of those balloons in one place. :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • Kathy Reid
    Kathy Reidalmost 4 years ago

    Wow….such a colourful shot Rachel. I have been promising myself a ride in a hot air balloon for ages too, I went on my first helicopter flight a couple of mths ago…so there’s still hope :))

  • Thanks, Kathy. Too bad we don’t live closer to each other, we could take our first balloon ride together. I bet that would be really gorgeous in New Zealand. A lot of the U.S. would be great too, just not so scenic where I live. I had my first and only helicopter ride so far on my honeymoon. We had an aerial tour of the island of Kauai in Hawaii. It was a little scary but the view was stunning. I’ll never forget it. We wanted to take our kids up on the same trip when we visited Hawaii again with my father in law in 2007, but a few weeks before our vacation, there were several helicopter accidents in a row where people were killed in Kauai. That freaked us out so we decided not to do it then, but now I wish we had because there were no more incidents that I’m aware of, and it’s an amazing experience. Perhaps we will get there again sometime.

    – Rachel Stickney

  • Kathy Reid
    Kathy Reidalmost 4 years ago

    I agree Rachel it was an amazing experience, my Husband is in them all the time with his work but I never had, so I thoroughly enjoyed a scenic trip over our city Christchurch. If the ride had been out in the great outdoors it may have be a bit more scary :))

  • canonman99
    canonman99almost 4 years ago

    great color here

  • Thanks, Dennis. :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • KLPJPhoto
    KLPJPhotoalmost 4 years ago

    One of these days I would love to take a hot air balloon ride. From what I have heard it is an incredible experience.

  • I have wanted to go up in one for years, not sure why I haven’t yet. I’d love to fly over some really neat scenery, not particularly over where I live in Ohio. So what are we waiting for? LOL.

    – Rachel Stickney

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks, Luda! Thanks for the fave, too! :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • Beverley  Johnston
    Beverley John...almost 4 years ago

    beautiful clean uplifting shot.

  • Thanks so much, Bev! :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you, Lori! Thanks very much for the fave, too! :)

    – Rachel Stickney

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