Balloon Brilliance

10 March 2015: Words are really hard to describe what I have experience over the past few days during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Each and every day has totally blown me away with a wonderful display of colour, fun and visual overload. The best thing I have to note is how happy and enthusiastic the balloonists are! Their joy for what they do is so infectious and it is quickly transferred into the crowds that line the shore line or to the paddlers that venture out onto the water. If you were to witness an event like this anywhere else in the world you would be raving it about it to your friends and family for months. How lucky are we to have such a spectacular event right on our doorstep. Do yourself a favour and make the effort to see this truly wonderful spectacle.


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A Classic CBR Carnival Morning

9 March 2015: It was a carnival atmosphere on LBG this morning to celebrate Canberra Day 2015. A record number of balloons launched from the Lawns of Old Parliament House and adorned the Canberra skyline while SUP riders, fellow kayakers and local scullers enjoyed the colourful spectacle from the water. Even the local birdlife joined in on the parade!

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Sunday Spectacular

8 March 2015: The balloons may not have taken off from the lawns of Old Parliament House but they could be seen in the distance hovering over the nearby Brindabella Range. While this may have disappointed those who travelled from afar or rose early to see the colourful display of balloons on offer for this year’s Balloon Spectacular, but they were still treated to a brilliant Canberra Autumn morning.

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Sensational Start to the Canberra Balloon Spectacular

7 March 2015: The sky was peppered with a colourful spectrum of hot balloons this morning signalling the beginning of the  Canberra Balloon Spectacular. The event took off in spectacular style with fun new flying faces including a giant Dodo bird, Yoda and an Angry Bird balloon. It was great to see the balloon enthusiastic coming back to Canberra to support this wonderful event. I had balloons drifting millimetres from the nose of the Red Chilli (my kayak) and even managed to have my own chaperone as I was towed by a passing balloon across the water’s surface. The spectacular is running until March 15 so do yourself a favour and catch this national event.

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Brilliance and Balloons

22 Jan 2015: Dramatic and dynamic skies made for a wonderful morning on Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. Initially it appeared that it was going to be a lack lustre sunrise as there was a bank of heavy cloud sitting low on the horizon. It didn’t take long for the clouds to break and begin to disperse which allowed the sun to back light the clouds from behind, creating a few nice formations. The continental Asia Cup balloons and the Questacon balloon were an added bonus to the morning skyscape. The Asian Cup games have been a real spectacle and good luck to the Australian Team for tonight’s match against China.

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Canberra Collection 2014

What a memorable 2014. I’ve continued to be mesmerised by the beauty of Canberra with each and every season offering a spectacle of colour.

I have peacefully paddled amongst soft pastels tones, navigated my way through pea soup fog and have been wowed by our -8 wintery conditions as I glide my way on glassy, often near frozen waters. Each and every sunrise is different and I am continually amazed by this natural beauty especially the golden sunrises which are special to our inland city.

Through my paddling experiences I have been fortunate to meet fellow paddlers, friends and others who have become influential in my life. Our common link is our love for Canberra and all that it offers.

I have found it extremely hard to put a selection of shots together as there have been so many memorable moments this year. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I have enjoyed capturing and sharing them.

I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and I hope that you have an enjoyable festive season. Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing and hearing from you in the New Year.

Paul Jurak

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