While the color of the moon is rarely actually blue, just it's usual cheesy color, if there has been some heavy particulate matter in the sky it might cause a color variation.
We had the rare chance to see a 'blooming' balloon as the moon was rising. I went and took pictures.
|Morningstar Balloon Company beginning to inflate.|
There was little wind, which was a good thing, and not too many folks actually were aware of it; guess it was mostly by invitation and if you were a FB fan of someone who knew about it, you got 'invited.'
I've only seen balloons inflated on television shows, never on site. It was interesting to watch it go from a sliver of silky materials to a fully inflated balloon with a fire below.
There was an idea that I might offer up a balloon ride to my Beloved for his 65th birthday, but he stuck a pin in that one... "Not interested in doing that - at all!" he said quite definitively. Turns out he has a fear of heights. So that would hardly be an enjoyable birthday experience. Instead we will take off for Victoria, B.C. on his motorcycle, weather permitting, and spend some time tooling about the island.
|I particularly liked that I caught the four crew members with the moon|
behind them as they were starting to fire up and lift off....
|Lighting up the balloon for all the viewers and the|
photographers who were there to capture the moment.
I meant to get my Canon charged up for this evening, but I fell asleep after dinner and so I ended up using a monopod with my Sony and my Samsung phone... all these photos are with the Sony, but I actually got a rather sharp one with the phone, too.
The temperature was dropping with the sun so it seemed the captain was having to get more heat in the balloon to keep it up. I was close enough to hear her commands and hear the strain on the ropes that were keeping them from disappearing into the night sky.
As the sun went one way and the moon the other, the bats came out to play, too. Probably some tasty tidbits stirred up by the mower...
|Don't know if the bats got caught in this shot, but they were zooming|
about as I was taking it.
|The blooming balloon and the blue moon... fun after dark in Sequim, WA.|