the writing and photography of Neil Kramer

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

(photos taken by Sophia with Nokia cameraphone)





















  1. MA

    Beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to that festival.

  2. Susan

    Wow, great pics, Sophia. I especially like the giant cow. “Creamland”…heh heh.

  3. Nancy French

    I liked the Jesus one. too funny.

  4. Jason W.

    Great stuff, and that’s a nice camera/phone!

  5. Bill

    That top photo is interesting. The people seem to be running toward the balloons. The balloons, on the other hand, appear to be pulling back, with downturned mouths, as if in horror.

    “What are you going to make us do now? Fly you wherever you wish? Cart you through the sky as if we were mere beasts of bulbous burden? We are not animals! We are balloooooooonssss!!!!”

    It almost broke my heart.

    Great pics, by the way. I especially like the semi-deflated balloon, with the big smile, sort of lying on his back as if he’s just thoroughly tanked on gin or something. (Or perhaps that’s a post-coital position? I’m not familiar with balloon sexual practices. But he does look merry and satisfied.)

  6. elaine kramer

    it looks beautiful. now you can say been there done that. everyday should be an adventure.

  7. modigli

    Great pics! Glad you made it there. It looks like lots of fun. 🙂

  8. Mik

    Looked like it was a lot of fun. I have always wanted to have a go in a hot air balloon.


  9. Leesa

    Awesome shots, Neil. Looks fun:)

  10. Pearl

    What a beautiful sight! Right now I can’t help but think of the song that was a hit when I was a kid: “Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon, would you like to glide in my beautiful balloon…?” by the Fifth Dimension.

  11. Neil

    Pearl, that’s so funny. I was just teaching that song to Sophia today — Up, Up, and Away…

    Leesa, it should actually be “Awesome shots, Sophia.”

  12. leesepea

    The pics are gorgeous.

  13. ms. sizzle

    that’s it. i definitely have to go to that festival next year.

  14. justin

    Did you steal a balloon? That would made a great story if you did, Neil.

  15. Atomic Bombshell

    That is SO COOL!!! My husband has been a few times, back when he was a kid. Hope I get to see it some day, too.

  16. alleyrat


    awesome shots, sophia!

  17. Kristy

    Fabulous photos Sophia! I’ve always wanted to go to a hot air balloon festival! Do you know if there’s anything like that in driving distance from Los Angeles?

  18. Leesa

    Oops..sorry Sophia!! Beautiful shots!

  19. Introspectre

    Thank you. Thank you for reminding me why I don’t do LSD anymore (quit a looong time ago).

    It was the giant can of Alpo that did it, by the way.

  20. Jewels

    Beautiful pictures! I like the one of the flower winking at the dog food can, very cute

  21. psychotoddler

    That is soo frickin cool

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