Canberra Balloon Festival is held for a few days in March every year as part of Canberra’s Birthday Celebration. This is my first Balloon Festival, not because I have never been interested, but because the festival starts at 6 am at the Old Parliament lawn. Which means, I have to get up around 5 am, and that’s just hard to do #firstworldproblem. Especially because usually the weather gets colder in March. This year, however, Autumn seems to come a little later. So last Sunday, I had no problem waking up at 5 am and going to the festival.
When I arrived, a lot of people have already been there even though most of the balloons haven’t been inflated. People can enjoy some music entertainment and hot breakfast in the tents provided.
One of the things I love about Canberra is the sky. For some reason the sky here seems endless and changes its colour every day. It is definitely a really nice backdrop for photographs.
This year, we also get to see our own Skywhale. The Skywhale is a hot air balloon in the shape of…. well, that (is it a bird? is it a whale?). It was created by sculptor Patricia Piccinini to mark the centenary of Canberra last year.
Lucky for us, the backdrop for the balloons last Sunday was a double rainbow (the other rainbow not captured). It was very beautiful.
I was nearly disappointed when I didn’t see “Peg Leg Pete” making an appearance. However, turns out that Pete was just waiting for the other balloons to take off so that he can make his special appearance. Unfortunately, it started to rain and Pete didn’t get to fly.Peg Leg Pete is a character created by Marcos Bonimcontro from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He travels the world to some of the biggest Balloon festivals with Dave & Kathy Reineke from Sunsational SkySports.
I thought this would be a nice picture to have on my desktop. You can download for your own desktops too. Only available in 1920 x 1080 px. Download here.