Sunday, September 5, 2010

Back on track for tonight...

Okay... wedding successful and a surprise morning balloon ride is over so now back to business! I mentioned that I had come up with a way to get the book light above my line of vision, greatly improving my ability to see the subject and the lit painting without loosing too much night vision. Here's a picture of the set up. I'm using a piece of screen door moulding but would suggest a piece of 1/4"x1" flat pine trim moulding (or something like that). The photo was taken with the iPhone at night, kind of grainy.



Have to share some photos of the balloon trip this morning. :-)
Spectacular, amazing, pillowy soft, magical...FUN!

MVFR... Marginal Visual Flight Rules... Meaning that it's legal to fly, but use caution and judgement before doing so. The weather around the area was checked at a number of airports and it was decided by the pilot in command that this was a patchy ground fog and it would be breaking up and not be a hazard to our flight... so we went! :)




The St Croix River Valley at about 7AM, looking north of Stillwater, MN.




Our pilot, Scott Aamodt, brought us down to the surface of the lake...


We actually skimmed the surface of the water, just kissed it enough to wet the underside of the basket...


And then he set it down in less than a football sized parking lot!

7 comments:

Christopher O'Handley said...

Landing in a football-sized parking lot must take some skill! If I ever go on a balloon ride, I want that pilot.

Ursula Andrejczuk said...

The lake photo, the one with greenery, is incredible!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

What an incredible experience that must have been!

Marian Fortunati said...

WOW.... Fabulous times you're having...
Love the pond with the lily pads and the reflection of your balloons in it!!

Leslie Hawes said...

Amazing photos!

Sunny said...

Oh Wow! Fantastic pictures too!

Mr. Seiler said...

okay...that's living over the top! How cool was that!