Balloon Bonanza

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

Balloons balloons and more balloons



I loved how they filled our skies this morning.

I loved how they filled our skies this morning.

I think that he was looking for a balloon mooring on 'Lotus Bay'

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.

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.

At this point I have the biggest smile on the dial…this is sooooo good.

What a spectacular sight

What a spectacular sight

How good are Capital Chemist...they'll deliver anywhere!

How good are Capital Chemist…they’ll deliver anywhere!

One of my favourite shots from this morning.

One of my favourite shots from this morning.

The conditions were so smooth

The conditions were so smooth

The light winds made for a very casual morning out on LBG.

The light winds made for a very casual morning out on LBG.

Justin even had time for a few snap shot himself.

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 :)

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.

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.

Just finished changing over the cylinder. Now back to the basket dragging.

I'm sure he thought that he was in a kayak.

I’m sure he thought that he was in a kayak.

Everywhere you looked there we balloons.

Everywhere you looked there we balloons.

The 'Red Chilli' (my kayak) always loves a good balloon chase.

The ‘Red Chilli’ (my kayak) always loves a good balloon chase.

The 'Sky Whale' is here for the festival as well.

The ‘Sky Whale’ is here for the festival as well.

It was that close I could have latched on

It was that close I could have latched on

How good do they look!

How good do they look!

The balloons looked fantastic they are such a huge part of the Canberra Landscape.

The balloons looked fantastic, they are such a huge part of the Canberra Landscape.

6 thoughts on “Balloon Bonanza

  1. The “boobi bird” is hysterical! These are great shots. So much action and colour yet still the main feeling is of relaxation and serenity. You have a wonderful life…..and you deserve it. I can’t think of anyone else who goes to so much trouble to share beautiful times with others….for no material gain. Just fabulous….thanks so much Paul, Jen

    • The balloons are such a wonderful sight Jenny. Thank you so much for your kinds words, much appreciated. I have been lucky enough to experience a few magical moments and it’s so nice to be able share them along the way. If any ever comes from my snap shots all good, but if not I’ll still be drifting away and trying to experience as many sunrises and sunset as possible. The last few morning have been sensational, it has been so wonderful.
      I hope that you are having a great weekend. All the best ….Paul

  2. Hi I recently discovered you on instagram via #visitcanberra I love the pics you took yesterday and am thinking we may have seen you from where we were watching on Black Mountain Peninsula. My blog post will go live tomorrow and I’ll link to your beautiful post.

    • Hi Tammy,
      I’m so glad that you are enjoying the shots. The balloon festival has been wonderful and I’m looking forward to seeing what fantastic display will be put on tomorrow. That would have been me most probably, I was chasing / sitting right next to the Capital Chemist balloon. I was the one with the huge smile on his face 🙂 . Thank you so much for linking to my post, much appreciated. If possible would you be able to send the link through to my email address kayakcameraman@iinet.net.au that would be excellent.
      Thanks for taking the time out to get in contact with me. I hope we catch up tomorrow morning.
      All the best
      Paul

  3. Hi paul great pics as always I had a few giggles with the drop balloon, latching
    on comments and the wear the fur hat tshirt as usual you have brightened an already beautiful day thank you b:)

    • Thanks so much Bern,
      The past few days have been amazing mate. the balloons have been a wonderful sight.
      Keen to see if I can squeeze in a quick session tomorrow before work 🙂

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