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.
Balloons balloons and more balloons
I loved how they filled our skies this morning.
I think that he was looking for a balloon mooring on ‘Lotus Bay’
Here comes Justin…you have to be careful of those drop balloons.
At this point I have the biggest smile on the dial…this is sooooo good.
What a spectacular sight
How good are Capital Chemist…they’ll deliver anywhere!
One of my favourite shots from this morning.
The conditions were so smooth
The light winds made for a very casual morning out on LBG.
Justin even had time for a few snap shots himself.
It was nice to be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the morning. Thanks for the tow 🙂
I’ve been hanging out for the festival to start and this morning’s display was brilliant.
Just finished changing over the cylinder. Now back to the basket dragging.
I’m sure he thought that he was in a kayak.
Everywhere you looked there we balloons.
The ‘Red Chilli’ (my kayak) always loves a good balloon chase.
The ‘Sky Whale’ is here for the festival as well.
It was that close I could have latched on
How good do they look!
The balloons looked fantastic, they are such a huge part of the Canberra Landscape.