Graceful is the word I use to describe Hot air balloons lifting off the ground into the early morning blue sky at the 45th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, in Albuquerque New Mexico.


A parrot and butterfly can move about gracefully in flight, but as hot air balloons, they also share a gracefulness against a morning sky.


All dairy cows move slowly on earth, yet the smile this cow displays is because  it is airborne.


Even the graceful character balloons face away from Darth Vader. The green balloon is wise  and wisdom filled Yoda.

(In Yoda’s accented voice) “Ignore him we will, as graceful as we are.”


Not your average fire breathing or should I say inhaling dragon, gracefully floating past.

Graceful, they are and appear.

Not until a pig and stage coaches flys or floats gracefully in the sky.


Grace is seeing over 700 hot air balloons against a sunny blue sky with wispy clouds.

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By Expedition Nomadic Adventurer

As a retiree travel blogger touring the US, voicing my wisdom, opinion, and thoughts about the retirement lifestyle and life in general. I'm an aspiring pre-published indie author of baby boomer romance and adventures with a whimsical comedic side. I photograph wildlife and landscapes, mountain, biking, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. I travel the back roads and highways of America, Canada, and Mexico, documenting my adventures via print and photography.

9 thoughts on ““Graceful.””
  1. Marty, those are great pictures!! The balloon festival must have been amazing today. Can’t believe it goes on all week. Loved the 143 pictures you posted too. How many did you take???

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  2. Wow! So colorful! I bet that was amazing to see!

    1. Thanks, it was an incredible visual experience. 🙂

    2. It was visually astonishing. 🙂

  3. Amazing ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Thank you, the colors and shapes against the blue sky was astonishing. 🙂

      1. I can imagining it was even more stunning to see in person

        1. It was a vital astonishing spectacle! 🙂

  4. Really beautiful post. Thank you.

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