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I’ve been looking at photos of hot air balloons posted by Robin and Ron on their respective blogs and it has kind of made me homesick for the Sonoma Valley.  I dug up one of my photographs of one of the most exciting parts of a hot air balloon festival– the Dawn Patrol.  The Dawn Patrol goes up before dawn to test the conditions such as winds and temperature.  It is a stunning sight to see them light up in what is called a simultaneous burn, as shown in the photo below, when all three of the Dawn Patrol balloons light up,  just before they take flight.

The Dawn Patrol prepares to take flight at the Windsor Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor, California.

The Dawn Patrol prepares to take flight at the Windsor Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor, California.

The second picture is one of my favorites that I have taken of hot air balloons.  I love the entire process of unpacking them, unfolding them and then inspecting them for rips, tears, and weaknesses.  Then they are filled, the gondola is attached, then they are uprighted, passengers loaded, and away they go!

Balloon being filled.  This one is almost ready to attach the gondola and upright to go way up high!

Balloon being filled. This one is almost ready to attach the gondola and upright to go way up high!

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