I suspect there aren’t many photographers who wouldn’t enjoy trying to capture the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta if they had the time and resources to do so. Smaller scale alternatives can be found.
Yesterday, SeaFest, a group organized to promote California’s Salton Sea, organized its first-ever early morning hot air balloon race and an evening hot air balloon “glow” event. The name, Lowest Glow on Earth, comes from the fact that the Salton Sea is 226.4 feet below sea level.
Sadly, winds got the better of the event, forcing the morning race to be cancelled and the evening glow to be reduced to three participating balloons. Still, it was an interesting event and I hope they try again next year. And next year, I’ll arrive early to be able to get closer to the balloons.