Sleepless in Stockholm

It’s hard to get sunset or sunrise shots at the moment with only three hours of night.

But a couple of days ago, as I was falling into a deep sleep at ten in the evening,

A loud hissing filled the bedroom. I ignored it.

Balloon 1

Another loud hissing.

So I dashed outside to catch the second balloon on the horizon.

It hung there in stillness

Before swooping down and disappearing.

Balloon 2

All that was left

Was the delicious pink swirl

Of another gloriously light summer evening.

Pink swirl

For more stories – with or without hot air – please visit: Skywatch.

99 responses

  1. Beautiful, dramatic photos!

    June 13, 2013 at 14:11

  2. halina


    June 13, 2013 at 14:23

  3. wow…that last pic of the sky is amazing….love the colored swirl…must be the season of balloons as well…we had one come over the house last saturday

    June 13, 2013 at 14:37

  4. Oh to have an opportunity to capture the balloon at sunset majestic!

    June 13, 2013 at 14:53

  5. Gorgeous, and love the almost fairytale-like story of your awakening!

    June 13, 2013 at 14:55

  6. I really like the opening image.

    June 13, 2013 at 14:56

  7. Don

    Balloons in the set – the stuff dreams are made of.

    June 13, 2013 at 14:56

  8. Absolutely fantastic captures. The colours are glorious.

    June 13, 2013 at 15:09

  9. Gorgeous photos!

    June 13, 2013 at 15:21

  10. Stunning photos! I didn’t realize that you only get three hours of darkness. We get about six here now during the summer. You must have shade on the windows!:)

    June 13, 2013 at 15:43

  11. Absolutely brilliant photos! Enchanting scenes

    June 13, 2013 at 16:03

  12. Incredible captures as always! What glorious skies and colors and I do love the balloon!!

    June 13, 2013 at 16:38

  13. Oh, I would so love to be in that balloon!
    Just beautiful.

    June 13, 2013 at 16:51

  14. That sky is amazing. The color is so special and the balloon made it a special photo.

    June 13, 2013 at 16:54

  15. It must be hard to be an artist in such a beautiful place. I’d never want to close my eyes!

    June 13, 2013 at 17:15

  16. Magical writing and enchanting photos.:-) Many thanks.

    June 13, 2013 at 17:15

  17. Hudson Howl

    Definitely edible, highly nutritious. Movement and light, out of this world, literally. In my last post, there is a line the beginning which these images capture exactly what I was thinking when I wrote the words.

    When am in the north, an the days are long, I must admit I get little psycho from the lack of sleep. Glad I don’t have to live in it like you, just visit it from time to time.

    June 13, 2013 at 17:22

  18. Bob

    I love your mauve skies, superb.

    June 13, 2013 at 17:26

  19. Wonderful time now, shown very well here !

    June 13, 2013 at 17:57

  20. These shots are just gorgeous! I love the colors in the sky. I didn’t realize you only got 3 hours of night. I bet it is hard to get to sleep each night!

    June 13, 2013 at 17:58

  21. Swedish summers are so gorgeous! And your photos make me long for 20 hour spells of light! The colors! Wow! I love the beauty you reveal so expertly!

    June 13, 2013 at 18:19

  22. oh, the balloon was yelling, ‘psst! come outside and see this wonder!!!’:)

    June 13, 2013 at 19:02

  23. Eileen

    Cool sighting of the balloon and a pretty sky the colors are gorgeous! Beautiful photos!

    June 13, 2013 at 19:49

  24. Island Traveler

    That is an unforgettable pink swirl. A perfect Summer day

    June 13, 2013 at 20:30

  25. Great Pictures. Gamla stan bilderna är för läckra. You are very good

    June 13, 2013 at 20:50

  26. daryledelstein

    so glad you woke in time

    June 13, 2013 at 20:58

  27. Pat

    Beautiful shots.

    June 13, 2013 at 21:26

  28. lol, that´s some crazy pink skies.:) It would be nice to fly in one of those ballonds. Don´t you think?

    June 13, 2013 at 21:37

  29. Fantastic shots! Quick on your feet getting those photos.
    Wishing you a great day,
    An English Girl Rambles

    June 13, 2013 at 21:44

  30. There is something particularly enchanting about the sight of a hot air balloon against that sort of sky, isn’t there!

    June 13, 2013 at 22:01

  31. Brilliantly gorgeous =)

    June 13, 2013 at 23:08

  32. That is so worth interrupted sleep. Incredible sky and such fun to think about being able to do that in the middle of the night (I know 10 isn’t really the middle of the night, but close enough). I love to wake up with the morning light and wonder how I’d do there. I could buy a blackout sleep mask, but then how would I wake up?

    June 13, 2013 at 23:56

  33. Jim

    I had forgotten that your nights would be short ones, Fiona. Great that you got up and captured these shots!

    June 14, 2013 at 00:13

  34. These are fantastic shots. The sky and scenes are wonderful.

    June 14, 2013 at 01:17

  35. Now that’s something you don’t see every day! Even if you only have a few hours of night you manage to catch the most beautiful shots of sunrises and sunsets. I never tire of them. Thanks for sharing with us. :)

    June 14, 2013 at 01:27

  36. How simply lovely. Our balloon fly at dawn rather than dusk. And these stunning images make me feel sorry to miss the evening flights. Thankyou.

    June 14, 2013 at 02:45

  37. fabulous photos! I can’t imagine only 3 hours of light! You captured a beautiful moment for sure!

    June 14, 2013 at 03:37

  38. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be up there, looking down? The quality of light at 10 PM is amazing!

    June 14, 2013 at 03:40

  39. Marvelous pictures! Glad you caught the balloon!

    June 14, 2013 at 03:45

  40. Gorgeous photos, Fiona… I would have a hard time getting sleep with all of that beauty around… Fabulous!!!!

    June 14, 2013 at 03:49

  41. How enchanting! Well,not the sleeplessness, but the magical sights that you captured.

    June 14, 2013 at 04:27

  42. “pink swirl of a summer evening.”

    June 14, 2013 at 04:41

  43. So glad you did not continue to ignore the hissing sound!

    June 14, 2013 at 05:58

  44. Lew

    Majestic sunset you have to start your short night!

    June 14, 2013 at 06:13

  45. Jim

    What amazing colours they are.

    June 14, 2013 at 06:21

  46. Your sky shots are so enviable. The colors are so dreamy.

    June 14, 2013 at 06:22

  47. Beautiful shots. That air balloon looks great.

    June 14, 2013 at 06:39

  48. Stunning series. Love it a lot. I seldom see flying balloon here😦

    June 14, 2013 at 07:05

  49. Lovely capture.

    June 14, 2013 at 07:47

  50. ce ciel rose au dernier cliché est magnifique puis ce ballon avec ce reflet au premier cliché

    June 14, 2013 at 08:01

  51. mariekeates

    How lucky you are to have that view outside your window and balloons too!:) beautiful

    June 14, 2013 at 08:31

  52. Descrumtious!

    June 14, 2013 at 08:50

  53. WOW! So so beautiful! Absolutely stunning!!!!

    June 14, 2013 at 08:50

  54. Liz

    Gorgeous skies! Happy sky watching.

    My sky.

    June 14, 2013 at 09:25

  55. Shweta

    Beautiful and gorgeous as always..

    June 14, 2013 at 09:48

  56. Beautiful shots – well worth investigating the hissing sound!

    June 14, 2013 at 09:50

  57. wow I love the colours of the magical sky and also to see the colour on the first photos reflected in the water.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:40

  58. Fabulous shots! Hot air balloons!

    June 14, 2013 at 11:23

  59. Marvelous and romantic photos of the Sunset. Amazing !

    June 14, 2013 at 11:33

  60. When I saw the cropped image on Skywatch Friday, I knew this would be a wonderful post of fantastic sky images!!! Beautiful.

    June 14, 2013 at 14:08

  61. Beautiful photographs, I love such views:) Greetings

    June 14, 2013 at 14:35

  62. First of all, I’m very glad hot air balloons make a hissing sound so that you were alerted to their presence, and that there was a second balloon so you could capture these two exquisite photos of it! (That first one is surreal!)

    Second of all, I guess I’d just be getting three hours of sleep a night at this time of year, since I wouldn’t be able to bear the thought of missing such glorious skies at dawn and twilight!:-)

    June 14, 2013 at 14:39

  63. That first image of the balloon is just beautiful!! And I love the pink swirl of the last shot!!!

    June 14, 2013 at 14:59

  64. imac

    WoW – what Beauty my friend, what a Magnifico Photo blog, I always enjoy my visit.

    June 14, 2013 at 15:10

  65. Love!

    June 14, 2013 at 15:13

  66. That hissing sound is unmistakeable once you’re familiar with it. Photographs are particularly dreamy in this post:-).

    June 14, 2013 at 15:19

  67. Dearst ladyfi,
    What beautiful pictures and amazing that you could capture the balloon♡♡♡ I wish I’m talented for taking pictures like you p;)
    Wishing you know how to block the light to have longer sound sleep.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    June 14, 2013 at 16:08

  68. Amazing photography ~ beautiful shots of nature’s palette ~ Glad the ‘balloon’ spoke to you ^_^

    June 14, 2013 at 16:41

  69. Fabulous photos!

    June 14, 2013 at 16:53

  70. An other impressive series, fantastic shots!

    June 14, 2013 at 18:27

  71. For such views it’s worthwhile to quit the warm bed !

    June 14, 2013 at 18:58

  72. Whoa…I always love your gorgeous shots of the sky! They are so beautiful!

    June 14, 2013 at 20:32

  73. Lovely feeling to a balloon, superb settings.

    June 14, 2013 at 21:41

  74. atmoshperic and lovely!

    great work:)

    June 14, 2013 at 23:22

  75. I love those delicious soft colors!

    June 15, 2013 at 01:10

  76. I think it’s marvelous that you were able to capture the hot air balloon, but your last photo is breath-taking. The colors are amazing.

    June 15, 2013 at 01:29

  77. Hi! ” Up,up and away in my beautiful my beautiful balloon”. This time ,down, down and disappear the beautiful balloon. Your photos are stunning beautiful. I feel something good is just waiting for you. Thanks for sharing.

    June 15, 2013 at 03:34

  78. Marvelous captures all!!

    June 15, 2013 at 04:04

  79. such beautiful sky, I would bee sleepless too

    June 15, 2013 at 04:48

  80. That is like unreal!!!!!! seriously beautiful shots😀

    June 15, 2013 at 05:35

  81. I know I’ve said this many times before, but you live in paradise. I’m always blown away by how beautiful your world is.
    Happy weekend, xo jj

    June 15, 2013 at 06:47

  82. Great pictures you show:)

    June 15, 2013 at 06:58

  83. stunning:)

    June 15, 2013 at 07:54

  84. MadSnapper

    i am so glad you got up to see what the hissing was… incredible photo incredible Beauty

    June 15, 2013 at 11:41

  85. Aren’t you glad you looked out the window? Fabulous images!

    June 15, 2013 at 14:22

  86. This is my absolute favorite time to take pictures. There’s something amazing about that golden silence isn’t there?

    June 15, 2013 at 14:23

  87. Normally I’d say anyone who thinks hot air makes a positive difference is a civil servant, but in your case I’ll make an exception!!

    June 15, 2013 at 14:26

  88. JM

    Very, very beautiful! Love how you captured the ballon reflections. The sky in the bottom shot is simply amazing!

    June 15, 2013 at 14:47

  89. The balloon woke you up so you could capture these wonderful pictures. As an expat Swede, I get really homesick this time of the year.

    June 15, 2013 at 17:20

  90. Love the first and last shot!

    June 15, 2013 at 17:57

  91. Love the balloon and the reflection, gorgeous sunset!:)

    June 16, 2013 at 03:37

  92. as always, such beautiful images! I could almost hear that hissing:). thank you for a beautiful morning online, dear Lady Fi!

    June 16, 2013 at 07:39

  93. Excellent captures. Lovely sky color too.

    June 16, 2013 at 10:59

  94. I’m glad you got up! Beautiful captures!

    June 17, 2013 at 02:55

  95. I did not know you only get 3 hours of darkness at this time of year, you captured the sky and balloon beautifully.

    June 17, 2013 at 17:36

  96. How wonderful! Aren’t you glad you got out of bed and grabbed the camera?

    June 19, 2013 at 20:29

  97. ah, can i live there? may I?😉

    June 22, 2013 at 18:25

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