Fly by night

It happens again.

The phone rings and Sir Pe, who is out for an evening walk with the dog, tells me to hurry outside with my camera.

The sky is full of gorgeous balloons in the late setting sun.

I throw a cardigan on over my nightie. It is 10.30 pm and I was on my way up to bed.

I charge outside.

Fingers fumbling, framing the perfect picture.

Click. Nothing happens.

I remember that I have left my battery on charge, so I dash home. Get the battery.

Run outside to see most of the balloons disappearing over the horizon.

I’ve missed a lot of good shots.

I pause. Panting.

And drink in the wonder of flight without feathers.

All photos are straight out of the camera – and not edited at all. Click them to enlarge.

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54 responses

  1. How beautiful!
    I want to see balloons toooo!
    Although there is at least one cool thing where I live – a sort of small flying boat!


    July 8, 2010 at 21:34

  2. 🙂 I am smiling still after reading your words, but I am admiring those photos by you!
    Balloons and that pink sunset are great to see. You managed well, I hope you did not bump into anything while hurrying 🙂

    Have a happy weekend!


    July 8, 2010 at 21:59

  3. oh but you got some beautiful captures…love that sky…i so want to go up in a balloon! thanks for making that sacrifice to get those pics for us. smiles.


    July 8, 2010 at 22:25

  4. You never have a dearth or beautiful moments.


    July 8, 2010 at 22:29

  5. Di

    Love watching hot air balloons… Two years ago in celebration of our 1st wedding anniversary we went for a hot air balloon ride at the crack of dawn. Highly recommend it! Great photos!!!



    July 8, 2010 at 22:29

  6. The silhouettes of the balloons make this beautiful sunset even more magical!


    July 8, 2010 at 23:10

  7. LadyFi: Thanks for joining with your wonderful sky filled with balloons.


    July 8, 2010 at 23:12

  8. Oh, I think you got some wonderful shots. These are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    Thoughts in Progress


    July 8, 2010 at 23:17

  9. As always, I love your sense of humor! And you sound just like me as I hustle around the house, looking for my camera and hoping I remembered to charge the battery and hoping I won’t miss a great shot!! Your shots are fabulous! Love the colors and the balloons are the perfect touch! Happy SWF, Ladyfi! and may the skies always save their best for you! Enjoy your weekend!



    July 9, 2010 at 00:25

  10. love your sense of humor! and I love shot ! stunning and lovely : )


    July 9, 2010 at 02:39

  11. the silhouettes of the balloon are just lovely. i wouldn’t have stopped clicking if i were there 🙂


    July 9, 2010 at 02:59

  12. Oh .. I love it! I love how the red balloon is lit up in the one photo!


    July 9, 2010 at 03:11

  13. AL

    I wish get photos of balloons someday, I just love the view!


    July 9, 2010 at 03:41

  14. There was magic in your sky and reflected in your lake, Fi! What breathtaking shots – good job!


    July 9, 2010 at 04:12

  15. Beautiful shots. Great colours.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs


    July 9, 2010 at 04:43

  16. Gorgeous shot. The hot air balloons in the lovely sky and their reflection is beautiful.


    July 9, 2010 at 05:04

  17. brilliant captures!


    July 9, 2010 at 06:17

  18. Wow love all these Lady Fi,
    Marvelous captures!
    Happy weekend ahead.


    July 9, 2010 at 06:37

  19. What gorgeous colours, and at 10:30 pm you said! So all that we learnt about you having super long days in summer is true.

    And it often happens to me too- frame the perfect picture only to have the battery let you down 😦

    Who cares? These are more fantastic than any I can imagine.


    July 9, 2010 at 06:58

  20. beautiful purple hues! and the balloons make these photos magical.


    July 9, 2010 at 07:33

  21. These are incredible shots.


    July 9, 2010 at 07:39

  22. EXXCELLENT SHOTS. the second one is the best cause we can see the light in evidence….


    July 9, 2010 at 08:30

  23. Wow. Check you out! 99 Luftballons!


    July 9, 2010 at 10:40

  24. Enchanting. Just to see them lifts my heart!


    July 9, 2010 at 11:04

  25. The first one is my favourite! I love hot air baloons and you’ve captured them (and that stunning sunset!) beautifully 🙂

    C x


    July 9, 2010 at 12:09

  26. Thank you so much for all your effort to share the magic with us. They’re wonderful!


    July 9, 2010 at 12:16

  27. Thanks for taking all the trouble of capturing these amazing shots! Hope you have a great weekend


    July 9, 2010 at 12:32

  28. these are absolutely stunning..

    Have a great weekend


    July 9, 2010 at 13:01

  29. Lady Fi,
    I just really LOVE these photos! There’s something about hot air balloons and sunsets that really makes such a breathtaking (and peaceful) shot. Lovely!!


    July 9, 2010 at 15:06

  30. The balloon “on fire” looks amazing as it lands. Quite a spectacular view for them from the sky too. Wish I could have been inside one. Have you tried it?


    July 9, 2010 at 15:09

    • Yes, I’ve been in a hot air balloon. Fantastic and quiet (when the gas isn’t turned on). We had a rough landing though, which put me off doing it again…


      July 9, 2010 at 15:22

  31. spectacular shots, love it.


    July 9, 2010 at 15:29

  32. Hello!

    WOW! You took some amazing shots! What beautiful colors, these could all be on a calendar or something! Great job, you did awesome and your efforts were well worth it.

    Thanks for sharing these!


    July 9, 2010 at 15:40

  33. I can totally imagine it, you panting out of breath and clicking away! 🙂 Love the pics. Beautiful sky!


    July 9, 2010 at 15:54

  34. These are wonderful. I never saw more than one balloon at a time, it looks unreal!


    July 9, 2010 at 15:56

  35. What a wonderful series of photos and a very funny story. I feel better knowing its not just me who does these kinds of things. Isn’t photography fun!


    July 9, 2010 at 17:04

  36. Lucky you that the lovely sky scenes kept playing around for you. I had to chuckle over vision you trying to capture these shots.


    July 9, 2010 at 17:55

  37. Those are amazing! Well worth all the trouble.

    I can’t get over how light it is at your end of the world at 1030pm!


    July 9, 2010 at 19:45

  38. Oh my gosh, Fi — you live in magic land! Keep that battery charged! What fabulous pictures. Good think Sir Pe had his cell with him. I’m so glad you ran outside.


    July 9, 2010 at 20:07

  39. If these were the bad pictures then the good ones must have been pretty awesome. Balloons, a beautiful sky, a lovely reflection!


    July 9, 2010 at 22:34

  40. Sunsets + balloons = a heavenly sight.
    You fumbling in your nightie to get the picture = a good laugh.


    July 10, 2010 at 00:34

  41. Very, very beautiful. What a dreamy night. Thanks for these views.


    July 10, 2010 at 13:36

  42. i don’t think you’ve missed some shots, these are all perfect. the balloons, the sunset, the reflection, all perfect 🙂


    July 10, 2010 at 17:04

  43. 10:30 at night! I’d love to have sunsets at 10:30 at night. And see balloons, too! You truly live in a magical place. Thanks for sharing a bit of it.


    July 10, 2010 at 17:54

  44. Jen

    Those photos are worth every sweaty, stressed moment that it took for you to get them. Breathtakingly beautiful.



    July 10, 2010 at 18:32

  45. Note to self: Make sure Mads always takes his phone when he is out walking Albert …just in case something cool like this comes to DK! 🙂


    July 10, 2010 at 18:36

  46. What beautiful, spectaculor photos. Award winning I think!


    July 11, 2010 at 08:23

  47. Now you made me sad, 😦 because this morning we should have been up at sunrise for a balloon flight, but it was cancelled due to thunder storms! Buu huu.


    July 11, 2010 at 16:34

  48. Oh how beautiful – and what a gorgeous sunset! The pics are simply breathtaking!
    I’ve always wanted to go up in a balloon and glide gently across the sky… until I realized that I don’t really like heights.
    There goes that dream busted…lol!


    July 11, 2010 at 22:02

  49. Lovely nightgown photos.. you captured some very pretty shots..your summer sky is so pretty. Your 10:30 looks like our 9:30:)


    July 12, 2010 at 04:18

  50. Fantastic! Love them.


    July 12, 2010 at 12:37

  51. Thanks for starting my Monday off great with these beautiful photos. I can’t get enough of looking at balloons–especially with those background colors.


    July 12, 2010 at 13:20

  52. JO

    awesome! lovely colors too!


    July 13, 2010 at 04:49

  53. Bonjour!
    Très jolies photos!
    Merci beaucoup pour ce partage!
    Amitiés de France:CLAIRE


    July 16, 2010 at 13:04

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