Saturdays in May are perfect for hot air ballooning in Park City. Overnight temperatures are still cool, but not cold. So for a 7:00 a.m. launch from the Silver Creek Industrial Park, it’s perfect for a couple hours soaring over the Snyderville Basin.
Watching the crews work the lines as the pilot fires up the propane flame is quite a sight to see. Put 15 colorful balloons in a couple of parking lots and you have a mini-balloon festival.
As I headed to Heber City and Midway before dawn, there was no sign of life at the launch pad. I figured I would head down to scope out sunrise on Mt. Timpanogos. It was a mixed bag shoot down there with post-dawn clouds blocking the sun. On the way back, though, I spotted the first balloon rising over Home Depot. Then another. And when I turned into the park, it was filled with expanding balloons and anxious passengers.
It’s a photographer’s dream as every color of the rainbow fills the lens. Slowly, balloon after balloon lifts off and fills the deep blue morning sky.
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