Chasing the Blue Moon in White Sands, New Mexico

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It’s been four years since I last rode in the Blue Moon hot air balloon. She has a new pilot now, Dan Ewer, carrying on the tradition of former pilot, Roy Walz, flying over White Sands.

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We could photograph the sky from the ground, but not photograph the ground from the sky. White Sands is a protected area.

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There’s a song for the above picture. But first we must get there.

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And, the chase is on.

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Release.

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Pretty good run for a windy day.

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We’re a well tutored crew.

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How the air gets out of a hot air balloon.

Appearing at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016: The Blue Moon.

All photos (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2016

Orbs attend Hot Air Ballooning at White Sands, New Mexico

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This is the scene a week ago today at 5:30 a.m. in White Sands, New Mexico. Most of us awoke to alarm clocks at 3:45 a.m. (that’s 2:45 a.m. if you’re still on Arizona time, but who’s counting?).

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Families are already gathered to have some fun sliding down the gypsum dunes. The bright light in the upper left is the full moon.

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Saluting the dawn.

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Hot Air Balloon pilots and their crews gather to hear the latest weather reports and restrictions when flying over White Sands.

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Three  biodegradable pie balls are released for the pilots’ reading of the wind.

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And, the show  begins.

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Too windy for the blue and white balloon.

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We’ll be taking off now.

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Time to get to work. My pilot has been watching the balloons on this windy day, not all were able to ascend. But he’s decided we can get ready for flight. In my next post I’ll be chasing the Blue Moon.

All photos (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2016

Orbs Flock to Hot Air Balloon Glow

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Orbs attend Hot Air Balloon Glow in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

If you’ve learned anything about orbs since following my blog, you know they love a party.

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And, that’s what the 25th Annual White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational put on for the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico last Saturday night.

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Clouds of orbs blocked the view of hot air balloons rising above the park.

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See you at White Sands for the mass ascent of the hot air balloons in tomorrow’s post.

All photos (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2016

Homeward Orbs

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What Orbs Look Like at 55mph

Driving home from Alpine, Arizona it’s finally dark enough to open the window and take some flash photos hoping for orbs.

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Yucca stalk with Orbs

Now this is fun, trying to synchronize my flash with the yucca stalks I see coming our way.

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Yuccas and the Orbs

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Orb and the Bush

Sometimes you can really perceive the depth of the orb.

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Welcoming Orbs

My neighborhood orbs, we’re almost home, slowing around the hairpin turn.

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Triangle Orb

Home at last. The agave is beginning to bloom. And good old triangle orb is on the upper left as usual.

Forest Orbs

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First Orb of the Evening

Going out into the night to see if orbs will appear, I center myself in quietness. This image  made me smile at first flash. I now see a second orb of blue in the tree branches.

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Faint Orb on Left

It was a night of solo orbs, some pairs floating above the tree tops. I chose this photo simply because I like that craggy branch on the right.

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Feels Like Christmas Orbs

Looks like the party of orbs shifted this evening from the forest to the woods bordering the road. I count about 40 in this photo.

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Bright Orb

One photo more and the party has dispersed. Could the bright orb in this image be the same that was higher in the center of the party photo?

I’ll be orb questing again tonight. I recommend that you do the same.

Orb Quest Tonight

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It has been too long since I went questing for orbs, but with a friend in town we treated ourselves to a flash adventure on the town.

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Neighborly greetings were shared with the orbs.

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A castle entrance highlighted passing orbs.

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Orbs flocked to the Mermaid Castle ponds.

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A vacant lot not so vacant.

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Revisiting a favorite haunt of orbs and friends.

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Electrical lines humming with orbs.

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Murmuring orbs in trees say goodnight.

Thank goodness for friends who say yes! to an evening’s quest for orbs.

Orbs of a Lingering Moon

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It was the night of a lingering Full Moon.

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If you squint your eyes you almost see orbs.

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Yet orbs are there to see.

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Orbs dance into view.

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Ghostly in their appearance.

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You’ve attracted light beings.

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Including Good Old Teardrop in upper left.

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They send their brightest.

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To shine upon you.

Lower your contrasts, and open your shadows, and you will see.

For those of you who are new to this blog, or would like to refresh your memory as to what orbs are, perhaps this will help: https://orbsdelight.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/photographing-orbs