to fly in the middle is magic

this jaw-droppingly gorgeous photo is of the largest hot air balloon gathering in the world ~ the lorraine mondial air balloons rally in chambley, france. in the photographer's own delightful words "to be there is a gift but to fly in the middle is magic." gbatistini created this particular image by stitching together 6 panoramas. absolutely stunning!
but wait, there's more...
a time lapse video of the launch:

and an entire flickr group dedicated to the launch is here.
where i found another fantastic photo by leadenhall . he took this on a serendipitous train ride ~ as he was riding across france he looked out the window and saw that it was raining balloons. how lucky we are that he captured it on film to share!

bon weekend!


Relyn said...

OH!! Oh my. Thank you for sharing this magic with us. I LOVE this post!

d i a n a m u s e said...

Oh, this is the loveliest thing EVER. You always give me such a lift (pun intended). It's true.

Thank you thank you.