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Heaven above

600_0786-e_wWhile flying with a plane is like driving with a bus, flying with a balloon is like riding a bike. Not only when comparing the speed or the amount of people traveling in the same time, but it’s …. more of a direct experience.

You can feel the temperature of the air. You can also feel the warmth of the sun on your skin or the moisture in the air, but no wind. It’s an incomparable experience.

Usually balloons start early in the morning or later in afternoon to avoid thermal winds, that might endanger or at least complicate the landing and the start. When taking a gas balloon you could even start in the early morning and land after sunset, to avoid such problems. Unfortunately gas balloons nowadays are filled with hydrogen again instead of helium, although there was the Zeppelin disaster in Lakehurst near New York back in Mai 1937. But unfortunately helium is too valuable and rare to use it for ballooning.

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geometric shapes

600_0747-s_wWhen having a look from the sky, the ground looks much different and unusual compared to our usual experience. We see our common landscape from a different perspective. Many geometric structures appear below our feet: streets, paths, hedges, field borders or power lines. Most of them are straight. Men tend to build their paths  straight, while mother nature builds in unpredictable directions. We differ from this concept only in those cases, when we have to follow with our path a path, mother nature build before, like a creek, a river or a mountain.

Never the less, this concept looks nice from above. Enjoy the view!

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The ride of Aurora

600_0674-e_wIn the ancient roman mythology, the sun-god Sol (Helios in greek) has a messenger driven ahead of him: Aurora (Eos in greek). She has her own carriage and prepares the path for her following brother.

We left all those old roman and greek gods and goddesses far behind, but each sunrise is still announced by wonderful dawns.

Have you ever observed a sunrise in peace without any hurry? If not, try it. Get up early at night, take some warm clothes and a torch and go in the fields. Look for a place, Continue reading “The ride of Aurora”

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Nightflight

600_0570-n_wAnother day, another night.

Nightflight above the north-western Ruhr area.

Enjoy a fantastic view at the area with the highest density of population, here in Germany. About 5.1 millionen people are living in about 23 bigger and smaller cities distributed over 4435 square-kilometres.

One city borders so close to the next one, that it is often hard to distinguish where the borders Continue reading “Nightflight”

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My own first ballon trip

Yes, I did it! I took my opportunity to fly with a balloon and it was amazing.

The smallest aircraft I already flew with, was a small propeller plane with 18 seats. Because such a small plane won’t fly hight, you can see much on the ground. But that’s nothing compared to a balloon flight. You’re not inside a cabin and it is quiet, when the heater is stopped. The heater usually works

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Night glow

Another interesting event at the Montgolfiade was held in the evening: the night glow!

You know, a hot air balloon is heated up by gas fire and a fire usually is bright. When starting such a fire at night, it shines bright and you can see it well. That’s what done during night glow. Put many balloons

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W.I.M – Warstein International Montgolfiade

Last weekend I was in Warstein, a quite small city in Northrheine-Westphalia. It’s located in a region calles Sauerland, an agricultural region with many offers for vacations. Many lakes, hills and hiking trails are attracting the visitors.

A local brewery is the main sponsor for this event, held for the 22nd time. So, no wonder, many balloons had the brewery’s logo on it.

I was there with 5 friends for taking photographs and it was worth the effort. We arrived Continue reading “W.I.M – Warstein International Montgolfiade”