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dawn patrol

Just before sun-up, before the other balloons are allowed to take off, the dawn patrol goes up to judge the winds for safety. I love to see the dawn patrol balloon; it's up when it's dark, and when it's burner flames, the whole balloon lights up... it's like magic suddenly in the air. I knew today would be good. Very little wind, no clouds this morning... a perfect day for the Special Shapes Rodeo.

Special Shapes are the Thursday and Friday of the Balloon Fiesta... two days in case one of the days the weather isn't good. The Special Shapes balloons fly, and it's amazing :)

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Taken on October 8, 2009