Balloons, colors, majestic box canyon….oh my! What a stunning array of beauty visits Telluride, CO the first weekend of June each year. This was the festivals 29th year here!
The Telluride Balloon Festival is SURE to impress kids, adults, pets…..everyone. I could not believe my eyes at the splendor. Of course my camera was at the ready to share the fun with you.
Are ya ready for lots ‘n lots of photos? Here goes….enjoy!
One of the best things about really living full time in Telluride, CO is that I get to go to all the festivals.
Used to be I would be only able to attend a few….as soon as I was about to leave town another great festival was on the calendar.
Such was the case with this magical Hot Air Balloon Festival. Usually, I would wait all year for my favorite festival, Mountain Film (Memorial Day weekend) & have to leave right before the balloons took flight over town.
It was always torture to leave my favorite place on Earth.
Not this year!
I am always up bright and early so it was no problem to head down to Town Park by 6:30am.
All the balloons are positioned around the park….ready to be blown up.
The balloon inflation is awesome!
The fire and sounds as they inflate are spectacular.
They all come to life before your very eyes. Everyone stands in awe!
Once the balloons are filled with air they are taken to the baseball field.
They catch wind and take flight over our beautiful town.
This goofy balloon was one of my favorites.
That grin is hilarious! It was quite the character floating above town…
It’s amazing watching them pass right above our historic mining town. Notice the moon in these photos?
Another amazing sight!
People sipping coffee on their balconies and porches get quite the colorful, wake-up surprise!
Some of the balloons drift very close to the buildings.
They are all different shapes and sizes. Each one awe inspiring!
As a photographer I felt so honored to have the privilege to photograph them.
After the balloons leave town they float towards the Valley Floor.
Some balloons get detoured….
See that paraglider in the top left corner?
That person must have had quite the view! A different perspective…..that’s for certain!
The balloons are deflated in the Valley Floor.
But great news…..They come back to visit us in the evening!
At 8pm Telluriders line the streets to watch the tethered balloon inflation.
As the sun sets the balloons start to glow….
Together as a community we all oogle, chit chat and feel grateful to live in such a special place.
Have you ever been to a balloon festival?
Hope to see you some year at the Telluride Balloon Festival!
- Friends of the Valley Floor
- Telluride Balloon Festival Facebook
- Telluride Balloon Festival Website
- Visit Telluride