by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the is reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta...ahhh, memories!!

Tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 13th, is the last day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  It is always kind of a downer to know that the last day of the festivities has arrived!  There is something so magical about looking up into the sky and seeing brightly colored gigantic balloons flying speaks of freedom, wonder, creativity, whimsy, fun, delight in childrens' eyes, maybe even a day off from work!! Following are a few photos of how it looked one day this week from our back porch when the winds favored us by sending a bunch of balloons our way...

...the sun peeking over our mountains on a pretty hazy morning... 

...they synchronize the balloons, usually about 600 to 800 of them! for take-off...

...the view of the balloons as they head North, with the Sandia Mtns in the background looks like the sun is beginning to burn off the haziness...

they are getting closer!!

a special shape...Darth Vader!!!

...always fun!!!

this balloon flew right overhead and landed by a neighbor's house...the dirigibles look like artworks painted in the sky!

...a favorite memory...years ago, I homeschooled our four children and we had a wonderful time "chasing" balloons all over our neighborhood and our fair city!!  strangely enough, that was the way we discovered one of our sons was color-blind!!  The balloons often used the field behind our house, which was in Abq. at the time, to land in...memories!!


  1. I miss the homeschooling during balloon fiesta...we used to pick out a balloon and chase it and help them pack it in...all 5 of my kids crewed for a balloon at one time or another...Naomi actually worked for World Balloon for a while and did it year round...sigh...

    1. A couple of our sons still crew for a particular balloon every year! one son had the balloon come down and hit his big toe really hard...took off his nail! and HE STILL CREWS for the family!! they LOVE IT!!!