A Sky Aglow: Up with the Great Reno Balloon Races Dawn Patrol

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

Like paper lanterns rising to the heavens in the Far East, the radiant balloons twinkled in unison during the Dawn Patrol that was to precede the Great Reno Balloon Races.  Only seven balloons – those which were qualified to fly in the dark – participated. The flying conditions at night can be dangerous since atmospheric conditions can change quickly once the sun rises over the hot Nevada desert.

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

As music played in the background, the sky changed from jet black, to midnight blue to steel grey, with a hint of gold. Unfortunately, weather conditions prevented the 80 or so balloons from ascending together after the sun had risen. Though we were disappointed, the beautiful Dawn Patrol event made our 0400 wake-up so worthwhile!

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.  

-Leonardo da Vinci

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night. 

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.

-J.M. Barrie

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. 

― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Reno dawn patrol hot air balloons

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons

“There is a trick to flying. The angels told me.” He had smiled at my wide-eyed awe. “You need to forget everything you know as a human being. When you are human, you discover that there is great power in hating the earth. And it can almost make you fly. But it never will.
I had frowned, not quite understanding him. “So, what’s the trick?”
“Love the sky.” 

― Anne Fortier, Juliet

Reno hot air balloon races dawn patrol Reno dawn patrol balloon races

Reno dawn patrol hot air balloon races

Reno Dawn Patrol hot air balloons Reno dawn patrol balloon races

Reno hot air balloon races dawn patrol

reno hot air balloon races Reno hot air balloon races dawn patrol

Reno dawn patrol balloon races

I will never stop trying to fly, because I’m not convinced that anything is impossible!
― Matt Scott

Reno dawn patrol balloon races

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Capturing the Colour from East to West

“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us from the mystic realm of color. Our entire being is nourished by it. This mystic quality of color should likewise find expression in a work of art.” -Hans Hoffman

Two lovely and talented photographers nominated me to submit entries into the Capture the Colour Contest whose entries have been sweeping the world. Thank you, Marina Chetner, and Vielen Dank, Cornelia Weber for your nominations. I’m honored and flattered!

Readers, I encourage you to check out these creative ladies’ websites: Marina Chetner: Be Inspired Through Travel &  Bikram Yoga Musings & Cornelia Weber Photography.

Without further ado, here are my Capture the Colour submissions from Vietnam, Germany, France, and India:

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