Saturday evening we drove through the rolling fields of southern Wisconsin to a Balloons and Blues Festival being held at Green County fairgrounds. We arrived to a hot and still night, and joined thousands of spectators eating corndogs, drinking beer and packing the dusty fairgrounds to see the launching of the balloons. Close-up, the balloons were much larger than I had imagined and required teams of people to inflate and hold them down via rope tethers. My photo shows the beginning of the spectacle. Once ready, the big balloons soared into the sky and returned just before sunset.
Once darkness fell, the fires were kept burning under the balloons while they remained tethered. I captured the balloons “glow” in a series of night photographs that I will publish next.