For the past several years the company that I work for has participated as a hot-air balloon launch site for the Carolina BalloonFest. This year I arrived early so I could photograph the event. Spectators are allowed to be on the field as the balloon crews are setting up the balloons. It is interesting to watch this occur. As each crew member seems to have a specific role in the unloading, inflation, and launch of the balloon. Each balloon is unique in shape and color. Also, the balloons are launched just after sunrise when the air is still cool and the winds are light. This made for some decent photo opportunities with the bright flames of the burners against the new light of the day.
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