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The Sky’s the Limit at the World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Event [TIMELAPSE]

Each year, Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosts the world’s largest hot air balloon event during which 500 balloon teams fly over nine days. For this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, photographer and cinematographer Knate Myers captured the affair in a whimsical timelapse. In the video, you can watch the balloons inflate and take to the skies, and even experience what it’s like flying in a hot air balloon.

On the video’s Vimeo page, Myers writes:

Each morning begins very early as a group of 6-12 hot air balloons known as Dawn Patrol, ascent into the deep blue sky before sunrise. These skilled pilots test wind and weather conditions as other pilots and crew begin to lay out hundreds of balloons across the field. Just as dawn breaks, the next wave of balloons begin to lift off. When the sun rises above the Sandia Mountains it simultaneously fills the morning with beautiful light as the balloons fill the sky with color. The next 60-90 minutes are a great mix of fun and chaos as several hundred more balloons lift off, wave after wave.

   
 
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