.... After the first two balloons were filled (previous post), it seemed like carnage elsewhere in the field as the crowd wondered what the partially inflated balloons were going to look like.
(When I decided back in early January to publish my 2009 south west travels as I was a bit short on material and trying to sort out issues with the new camera at the time, I had always planned to show this post as a grand finale celebration of colour ... Hope you like it.
I have a couple of Christmas posts up my sleeve from this area for later in the year in case I get snowbound again!)
|"Have you got a great view ?' "Ohhh Yes"|
It is unfamiliar territory for me to capture a balloon festival and it turned out to be quite a challenge as any viewpoint for photography was difficult. My original location was several metres from the fence and it was difficult to move through crowds to vary the images.
There is a skill in the ground control of hot air balloons that needs to be learned !
|can't keep hold of it any longer|
Cameron Balloons Ltd is now the world's largest balloon manufacturer and is based in an old factory with three floors in the Bristol suburb of Bedminster. The company produce 500 balloons each year with numerous special shaped balloons being produced for advertising purposes, many of which are seen here.
|Churchill monitors the take off....|
|.... making sure that Health and Safety is being followed !|
|local balloonist with G - LENN|
|All this waiting around is making me rather hungry !|
The skies are filled with colour and..... propane gas as they all head over Bristol City centre.
|Static exhibits... you're not being let off the lead today|
|Whats this ... 1 ? Putting on (outsize) dancing shoes.|
|Whats this ... 2 ? ... I think you've guessed|
|"The Flying Scotsman"... or not as the case may be today|
Like so many major events held beside small roads, traffic is always a problem. This route to the festival was normally free flowing when I was taken into Bristol on all of the fridays that I was there. On this particular occasion, we were to be dropped off by car, but as the road was gridlocked, a 1 & 1/2 mile walk seemed ... and was the quicker option. The best days out are sometimes the most exhausting and First Bus let the customers down badly on the 359 bus route by not providing sufficient evening transport and forgetting about some of their .... last buses !! A 3 mile walk is tough at the end of a long afternoon with no seats.
|The overflow car park !|
|Left-Right : North Wales, The River Dee, The Wirral Peninsula, The River Mersey and Liverpool|