Mr. Peanut rises to new heights

What is that thing, looming over the trees so menacingly?

ladybug balloon_1(click on photos to view them full size)

Now that is one ginormous lady bug! But on second thought, it looks rather friendly. (Good thing!)

Actually, this is an annual event here in the National Capital Region.

hot air balloons_1

When you see numerous balloons floating up over the horizon, you know it must be the annual Gatineau hot air balloon festival.

maple leaf balloon

That would be Gatineau, Quebec. Hence the fleur-de-lys balloon — directing one’s thoughts to the Quebec flag.

fleur de lis flag balloon

Hot air balloons also come in non-standard shapes. Like the cancer-fighting honey bee:

honey bee balloon_1

(Cancer-fighting because he sports a pink ribbon, which is used to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.)

There’s another view of the honey bee on my flickr site. And note that the missus joined him in flight this fine morning:

honey bee balloon_2

The above photo conveys some sense of scale:  not only by virtue of the trees, but also note the teeny little people in the basket hanging from the balloon.

There’s the ladybug we saw at the top of this post!

ladybug balloon_2

And a panda bear, also looming over the trees. (The panda bear and the lady bug came to rest in a field before taking flight again.)

panda bear balloon

And Mr. Peanut — mentioned in the title of the post.

Planters' Mr. Peanut balloon

(Alternative view of Mr. Peanut on flickr.)

The standard-shaped balloons are also beautiful:

hot air balloons_2

And one more:  a balloon sailing off into the distance. (Photographed on a different morning, with a backdrop of puffy clouds.)

CTV balloon clouds

p.s.  In June 2005 I posted some photos of a balloon being inflated and lifting off.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bridgett
    Sep 07, 2008 @ 23:39:10

    Ah, ours is coming in two weekends. I love the balloon glow and race.

    Reply

  2. Stephen
    Sep 08, 2008 @ 07:41:21

    Bridgett:
    I’d never heard of a balloon glow before, so you sent me scrambling to The Google for an explanation.

    I don’t know whether they do that locally. It could be that they do something similar in Gatineau, but I don’t know.

    Reply

  3. Bridgett
    Sep 11, 2008 @ 11:38:30

    It’s always quite a night. We’ve gone the past 8 or 10 years, had a picnic, basked in the glow, so to speak. I didn’t know it was rare.

    http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com/photos2002.htm

    a couple of glow pix from the website.

    Reply

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