11 March 2014: I was totally mesmerised this morning as a gorgeous sunrise combined perfectly with brilliant balloon display to produce an amazing spectacle. Simply stunning is the best way to describe my experience on the lake this morning. I even latched on the basket of the ‘Capital Chemist’ balloon and was taken for (at least) a 100 metre ride as Justin Galbraith glided the balloon on the water surface. I think I will be floating for the rest of the day…..It just doesn’t get any better than this!
10 March 2014: Fantastic, brilliant, excellent, hilarious, loads of laughs, what a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was sensational, everyone was laughing, the mood was one of sheer excitement as the pilots turned on a spectacular flying performance. Balloons were casually basket dragging their way across the lake while taking the time out to have a chat to a crowd of kayakers and paddle boarders who were on the water hoping to have a close up experience. The balloon festival has been absolutely brilliant, I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to experience it.
9 March 2014: WOW WOW WOW…words can’t begin to describe how good it was this morning. Initially the balloons were silhouetted in the Canberra skies, but it quickly transformed into a truly wonderful spectacle as a HUGE rainbow formed perfectly on cue as the balloons were hovering all around the National Museum. There were balloons sailing across the lake dancing amongst the rainbow and at one point I was playing a game of chicken with a hot air balloon as it drifted directly towards me. I was having conversations and saying hello to everyone in the baskets. I could’ve just reached out and high fived a few of them as they cruised by me while I were sitting in my kayak. The scene was sheer perfection as the sun illuminated the vibrant colours of the balloons and the Canberra landscape provided a fantastic backdrop and then to top it all off, it was perfectly framed by a glorious rainbow. How good is this, I have been waiting all year for this festival and I’m loving it!
8 March 2014: The Canberra Balloon Festival kicked of in sensational style this morning with balloons dotting our skies to produce a spectacular Canberra landscape. The ‘Capital Chemist’ balloon that was piloted by Justin Galbraith ‘The Drifting Guru’ dropped out of the skies at a huge rate of knots to pin point perfection and nestled on the water directly beside me on Lotus Bay….now that was TOTALLY EXCELLENT!
At one point I thought that he was going to park the basket directly on the nose of the ’Red Chilli’, then he preceded to basket drag the waters surface for hundreds of metres while calmly having a chat and snapping a few shots himself. Even at one point he ran out of gas, but this wasn’t a problem at all as he casually changed over the LPG cylinder and then it was back to putting on a magnificent show.
The balloons are a brilliant sight in our skies and I’m so excited to see what the rest of the festival will bring. I hope you enjoy the shots.
6 March 2014: Delightful tones and mirrored waters were tonight’s theme. The sunsets have been spectacular in Canberra the past few days and tonight’s was no exception. That was such peaceful way to end the day. I hope that you enjoy the shots from this evening.
2 March 2014: Mother Nature has done its best to imitate ‘Enlighten’ which has been lighting up Canberra landmarks in the evening this weekend. The early autumn tones of aubergine and pinks were projected onto the mirrored waters of LBG creating a perfect picture. Enlighten runs until March 8 so there is still plenty of time for you to be able to experience it.