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calr Feb 27, 2013 9:39 PM

Fire or Heat -- Hot Air Balloon
We have both fire and heat here. The fire heats the air which lifts the balloon.


hkmp50 Feb 28, 2013 12:27 AM

It is a wonder that thing doesn't just burn right up

zig-123 Feb 28, 2013 5:20 AM

I have no idea what these balloons are made to be able to withstand that flame


selvin Feb 28, 2013 10:29 AM

This shot does seem to show the inner workings as a scene from Dante's Inferno.
Fortunately the flame is not supposed to touch the surface of the balloon otherwise all hell breaks loose.
I understand the lower portions of the balloon are coated in fire resistant material.

All technical stuff aside nice shot of the business end of this balloon.

wave01 Feb 28, 2013 10:35 AM

the power of fire nicely caught

Tullio Feb 28, 2013 4:20 PM

Cool shot, Cal.

bobbert Feb 28, 2013 4:34 PM

The only thing between me and disaster is a gossamer fabric exposed to the potential of great heat... scares the, umm, s__t outa me. Good capture!

calr Feb 28, 2013 7:01 PM

Thanks, all, for the nice comments. This was taken at a balloon festival held every year in Tigard, Oregon, just a few miles from my home. More specifically, this was taken at night during their "Nightglow" event where a group of balloons are tethered and kept inflated by periodically firing the burner. The glowing balloons are nothing short of spectacular at night.


mtngal Mar 2, 2013 9:18 PM

Some day I'll make it to the beginning of a balloon launching and try my hand at this type of shot. I always love everyone else's pictures and can only imagine what a wonderful scene it must be.

bobbert Mar 3, 2013 5:31 PM

Cal... do you have any pictures of the whole scene... sounds spectacular and I'd (we'd) love to see them!

calr Mar 3, 2013 7:56 PM

Here are a couple shots of the Nightglow event:


MVASteve Mar 4, 2013 6:07 AM

That is some fierce heat going on there.

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