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Album 1: Cairns Wedding | Album 2: To Kuranda by Skyrail | Album 3: Cairns and Green Island | Album 4: North from Cairns | Album 5: Lakes and Forests, Atherton Tablelands | Album 6: Malanda, Milk and Millaa Millaa | Album 7: Paronella Park | Album 8: Ballooning at Mareeba | Album 9: Mareeba Wetlands | Album 10: To Sandgate, to Sandgate | Album 11: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary | Album 12: Springbrook: Lookouts and a Natural Arch

Album 8: Ballooning at Mareeba

The balloon trip was worth the very required early morning start. Two photographers represented in this set: Frances with her DiMage XT, me with my DiMage A1. Saw many other cameras flashing away trying (probably unsuccessfully) to record the inflation process; note the long exposures (without flash!) for the first pictures here.
Inflating the balloons at 6 a.m.
Inflating the balloons at 6 a.m.
Busloads of tourists got up early for this
Busloads of tourists got up early for this
We have ignition ....
We have ignition ....
We have lift off!
We have lift off!
Up, up and away!
Up, up and away!
Looking up into the canopy
Looking up into the canopy
Over the Atherton Tablelands
Over the Atherton Tablelands
Mango orchard, from a balloon
Mango orchard, from a balloon
Even the farmers down there aren't up yet
Even the farmers down there aren't up yet
Different heights, different directions
Different heights, different directions
Scene over Mareeba
Scene over Mareeba
The town of Mareeba
The town of Mareeba
Cane country
Cane country
Something magic must be happening there
Something magic must be happening there
Transfer of passengers
Transfer of passengers
Note the simple GPS unit
Note the simple GPS unit
One below us, one landed
One below us, one landed
Banana plantation, from a balloon
Banana plantation, from a balloon
Approaching the landing
Approaching the landing
After landing
After landing
Taming the balloon
Taming the balloon
Packing up, then breakfast
Packing up, then breakfast