2008年12月3日

[2008 NM Trip] Balloon Fiesta 1

2008 的十月初,走訪了新墨西哥州的 Albuquerque,參觀一年一度的熱氣球節,順便去過生日。


熱氣球節是新墨西哥第一大城 Albuquerque 一年一度的盛事,從 1972 年開始,今年己經是第 37 屆。從第一年的 13 個氣球到現在的 750 個,Albuquerque 的氣球節成為全世界氣球數目最多、最盛大的熱氣球節 (International Balloon Fiesta) 。Albuquerque 中文翻譯非常混亂,有的叫阿布奎基,也有叫阿爾伯克基,我看還是用英文吧 。

從下飛機開始,一路上的入境大廳、廣告看板、甚至許多旅館的裝飾,都能讓人感受到這個節慶氣氛。熱氣球節為期十天,橫跨了兩個周末。過程中活動很多,不過最盛大的就是其中六天清晨的氣球升空 (Mass Ascension),我們選擇參加第一天的活動。

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六點多到我們到了其中一個公車轉運站集合,天空還泛著魚肚白,不過等著上車的人群己經是大排長龍了。原本想要在天還沒亮時就抵達會場,不過低估了從轉運站到會場的交通時間,到了會場天色早己大亮,很多氣球己經升空了。

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這一年一度的盛會,電視台也在現場搭起播報台,做起現場的實況轉播。主播後方己經可以看到升空的熱氣球。

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又等了二十分鐘,太陽終於出來了。暖暖的光線照在五彩的氣球上,讓整個會場活了起來。大部份的氣球還在地上充氣準備當中,一堆氣球歪歪倒倒的在地上。對氣球充氣升空過程有興趣的人,請稍微等等,之後會再用另一篇詳細介紹,現在先看看會場的景像。

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氣球可真是巨大啊。一般水滴狀的氣球大約有 25 公尺高,人在氣球前面都顯得渺小。

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充了氣的熱氣球慢慢的站起來,氣球上的花紋也愈來愈清楚。右邊的這個才充得半飽,「皮」還皺皺的。

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愈來愈多的氣球升空,遠近不同,構成許多有意思的畫面。

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我們在氣球堆及人群中穿梭,捕捉陽光攦在氣球上的繽紛。

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來張逆光的,只看得清楚氣球形狀。氣球的構造其實很簡單,上半部是可充氣的氣囊 (Envelope),下面載人的是吊籃 (Gondola or basket),中間用繩子接起來。

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一排排的氣球己經準備好,排著隊準備要升空。這張讓人覺得有很朝氣的感覺。

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原本天空還有些薄薄的雲層,不過太陽出來後也慢慢散掉。背景是藍天照起來效果真的和白雲差太多了,真棒。

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三個小時的氣球釋放,只能用眼花撩亂來形容。氣球實在是太多了,幾乎不可能把所有的氣球都看遍。

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我發現以紅黃藍綠組成的氣球最亮眼,不過有的氣球則是以造型取勝。下一篇會花一些篇幅介紹特殊造型的氣球。

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從正下方看著飄過的氣球,也有不同的感覺。有的氣球顏色配起來就像朵花似的。

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藍藍的天,看著五彩繽紛的熱氣球緩緩升空。真是個不錯的慶生方式啊 :)

待續...

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延伸閱讀:
[2008 NM Trip] Balloon Fiesta 2
[2008 NM Trip] 熱氣球升空


7 迴響:

yaoyaoa 提到...

没让你看到天亮前的准备,我还是耿耿
等多存点米,下次我们再去的时候,就要飞啦:)

btw, you need citation ;P

Wei-jen Hsu 徐偉仁 提到...

熱氣球看起來真漂亮! 之前有聽說過這個熱氣球節,就覺得挺有意思的,現在看到第一手報導,而且還有這麼多照片,真是不錯。

Ross@Florida 提到...

to yaoyaoa: 不要再耿耿了,留點東西下次去才有新鮮的可以看嘛!!
to Wei-jen: 有機會去走走囉,每年都是在十月初的頭兩個週末舉行,一個早上的門票才$6,值得一看。

wren 提到...

還是忍不住要跟你說,
你拍攝的照片真的很美,夠專業也夠有心

Ross@Florida 提到...

to wren: 謝謝誇獎,這趟去真的是拍得過癮,和大家分享囉!

匿名 提到...

Hi Ross,

I am a big fan of blueblueseattle and found your old web. Also read about your precious love.

I understand it is tough to say goodbye to the love of your life after so many years. I don’t know what happened between you and squirrel but pretty sure it happened for a reason.

But maybe it just happened to strengthen your love. No perfect love, please remember it won’t exist. Why I write this? Because I believe in your bonding and love for each other far pass the new budding. You are the one to each other!

Both of you are so special. Please let go the past and do it with your whole heart to win her back.

All the blessing go to you and her!

Amy

Ross@Florida 提到...

Hi Amy:
I appreciate that you left a message and expressed your thought and feeling about my personal relationship because it could be intimidating to say something sensitive to someone you don't really know.
I do cherish my previous relationship and thank her for being with me for those years. It's no doubt about that. I become a stronger and better person because of her and I believe she feels the same way. And you are right, everything happens for a reason. However, when we've tried and things were going out of our control, we've also learned to follow our hearts and move on. As for squirrel, she has found someone she loves and is getting married this spring. I look forward to that and wish her the best with her future. Moreover, I don't believe it's fair for you, or anyone, to judge who I have stronger bonding with. Different space and time also deter us from making those statements. It's just not fair and you may owe my girlfriend an apology for saying that. By the way, I don't really "talk" my personal relationship in public, so hope this satisfies your curiosity and let's just stop here.
Thanks again for your concern and welcome to my world.
Cheers,
Ross