HOT AIR BALLOON OVER THE HIGHWAY by SMOKEYDOGSOCKS
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ON SATURDAYS, I GO TO YOLO SPORTSMANS ASSOCIATION, IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, TO DO SOME TARGET SHOOTING. WELL, SOMETIMES, I SEE A “HOT AIR BALLOON OVER THE HIGHWAY” LIKE THIS AND I NEVER SEEM TO HAVE MY CAMERA OUT AT THE TIME. SO, THIS TIME, I SAW THE BALLOON FROM A LONG WAYS OFF, SO I HAD TIME TO GET OUT MY KODAK EASYSHARE Z710 AND CATCH THIS IMAGE THROUGH MY WINDSHIELD OF MY FORD EXPLORER. IT MAKES YOU WONDER IF THEY ARE GOING TO LAND ON THE HIGHWAY OR NOT. THEY USUALLY DON’T, BUT I HAVE SEEN THEM COME CLOSE TO TAKING OUT THE TOPS OF SOME LOCAL TREES. LAST WEEKEND AT YOLO, WE ALMOST HAD ONE LAND IN OUR FISH POND. HE WAS COMING DOWN REALLY FAST AND HE WAS POURING THE GAS TO THE BURNERS, TRYING TO GAIN SOME ALTITUDE. SOME OF US SHOOTERS WERE YELLING AT HIM TO PUT HIS BASKET IN THE POND. UNFORTUNATELY, THE WIND WAS BLOWING FROM NORTH TO SOUTH JUST A LITTLE TOO HARD. THE PILOT OF THE BALLOON IN THIS SHOT, HAD NO WORRIES ABOUT LANDING ON THE HIGHWAY OR IN ANYBODIES POND. SOME OF THE PILOTS OF THESE BALLOONS JUST LAND IN ANYBODY’S FIELD THAT THEY THINK THE CHASE TEAM CAN GET THEIR TRUCKS INTO. I’VE NEVER GONE UP IN A HOT AIR BALLOON, THEY ARE JUST TOO SLOW FOR ME, I LIKE THE HIGHER SPEEDS OF ENGINE POWERED AIRCRAFT. EVEN A GLIDER WAS SLOWER THAN I LIKE, SO I ONLY DID THE GLIDER ONCE. I NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO GO UP IN ANYMORE AIRCRAFT. DAMN.

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  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture !!

  • THANK YOU ESTHER, I CAN USUALLY DEPEND ON SEEING ONE OF THESE BALLOONS OVER THIS SECTION OF HIGHWAY, JUST ABOUT EVERY WEEKEND. WHEN THE WEATHER IS GOOD THAT IS. THEY SOMETIMES LAUNCH FROM A FIELD JUST TO THE LEFT OF THE OVERPASS THAT YOU SEE UP THE ROAD, BETWEEN THE TREES. I DON’T KNOW WHO HAS MORE BUSINESS, THE BALLOONISTS IN THIS SECTION OF THE VALLEY, OR THE NAPA VALLEY BALLOONISTS. BOB :)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 5 years ago

    Wow, how lucky are you! We dont see many here. maybe because we are on an island .

  • THANK YOU ESTHER, I DON’T KNOW IF THE ISLAND HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT, BUT I KNOW THAT IF I WERE IN A BALLOON FLOATING OVER AN ISLAND, I’D HATE FOR A STRONG WIND TO COME UP AND BLOW ME OUT TO SEA. BOB :)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 5 years ago

    Now THIS is a great shot!!!! good thing it’s a straight stretch of road and not a busy one or you might see some fender benders from seeing this fly by your windsheild!! lol!

  • THANKS RUTH, YEAH, IF IT HADN’T BEEN A STRAIGHT ROAD WITH LIGHT TRAFFIC, I PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE BOTHERED TO TRY AND GET A SHOT LIKE THIS, BUT THEN, I’VE BEEN DRIVING THIS ROAD SINCE I WAS 16 YEARS OLD, SO I PRETTY MUCH KNOW WHERE I CAN DO THINGS LIKE THIS. BOB :)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 5 years ago

  • THANK YOU RUTH, I AM VERY HUMBLED WHEN ONE OF MY IMAGES IS FEATURED. I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. BOB :)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • Evita
    Evitaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image !!! Congratulations on your feature !!! :D

  • THANK YOU EVITA, AND TO THINK, THE HOT SHOTS IN SACRAMENTO ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT AGAINST THE LAW TO PHOTOGRAPH WHILE DRIVING. CALIFORNIA IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE A POLICE STATE EVERY DAY. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • R. Mike Jacobson
    R. Mike Jacobsonover 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature. I share your sentiments about powered flight but gotta say that hanging from a parachute or a hangglider is a real kick in the pants.

  • THANKS JAKE, I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO SKY DIVE, BUT EVERY SATURDAY WHEN I’M SHOOTING, I WATCH THE SKY DIVERS AND I THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH I’D LIKE TO DO THAT JUST ONCE. WELL, YESTERDAY, WHILE WATCHING A STUDENT STRAPPED TO AN INSTRUCTOR COME IN FOR A LANDING. LOW AND BEHOLD, ALONG COMES THE FIRE TRUCK, THE FIRE CAPTAIN AND AN AMBULANCE. IT SEEMS THE NEW STUDENT BROKE HER LEG WHILE LANDING WITH AN INSTRUCTOR STRAPPED TO HER BACK. OH WELL, SO MUCH FOR THAT IDEA. LOL BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

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

    excellent

  • THANK YOU SCOTT, I APPRECIATE YOUR COMPLIMENTS VERY MUCH. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

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

    cheers mate,

  • THANKS AGAIN SCOTT AND THANK YOU FOR ADDING IT TO YOUR FAVORITES GROUP. I AM ALWAYS HUMBLED AND HONORED WHENEVER SOMEONE, OR IN THIS CASE, YOU, CHOOSE ONE OF MY IMAGES TO ADD TO YOUR FAVORITES. BOB ;)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorover 5 years ago


    Love it!

  • THANK YOU ESTES, IF OUR GOVERNMENT HAS THEIR WAY, IT WILL SOON BE ILLEGAL TO TAKE PHOTOS FROM THE DRIVERS SEAT WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING. WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS LESS GOVERNMENT TRYING TO TELL US WHAT TO DO. I APPRECIATE THE FEATURE A GREAT DEAL. BOB :)

    – SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

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