The 2012 Taos Mountain Balloon Rally kicked off early Friday morning (Oct. 26) here in my town of Taos, New Mexico with a select group of invitational pilots and their massive envelopes. It was damn chilly and the wind kept them from doing much but Saturday morning we got the full treat as they climbed into Taos’ chilly autumnal skies just as the sun begins to rise. Here are 11 shots from Saturday morning.  Enjoy!

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This year marked the 30th anniversary of the rally.

Ralph Sweet of General Rental in Taos has been involved since the very beginning in 1982. “The Taos rally was started by the same folks who started the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta,” he said. “They spent so much time working the event in Albuquerque that they themselves didn’t have time to fly. So, after they were done down there they all started coming up to Taos to fly for fun and relaxation,” he told me.

Read my full article on the 30th Anniversary of the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally in the Taos News.

Taos Mountain Balloon Rally

Check out photos from the 2011 rally.

Taos Mountain Balloon Rally

How did that first hot air balloon flight change the way we see the world?  I’ll tell you….here….

Taos Mountain Balloon Rally

Taos Mountain Balloon Rally

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8 comments

  1. Comment by Kiva Duckworth-Moulton

    Kiva Duckworth-Moulton Reply October 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    REALLY REALLY nice!

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply November 3, 2012 at 4:15 am

      Thanks kiva! Like trains. I never get tired of photographing balloons!

  2. Comment by James Navé

    James Navé Reply October 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Nice work, fly away, away, away…

    • Comment by Tara Lupo

      Tara Lupo Reply October 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Nice ~ great photos!

  3. Comment by I'm Not Home

    I'm Not Home Reply November 11, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Wow, Jim – what a spectacle! You really have some amazing photographs there. Wonderful!

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply November 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you! YOU really cant go wrong with Balloons!

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