While shooting sunrise with Maung Maung, we saw the balloons float into the rising sun. Wow, we thought, we’ll be up there tomorrow. We were not disappointed.
If you recall, in our post Magical Sunrise and Sunset, the golden hours showcase a magical golden-pink light. Combine that with the thousands of temple spires, and then add a little altitude and one has a whole other world of amazing.
As we rose above the landscape, we could here Cat Stevens singing, “I’m being followed by a balloon shadow, balloon shadow, balloon shadow”…
Rising in our balloon, before sunrise, we could see across to the Irrawaddy River and the mountains in the distance. According to Donna, our balloon pilot, there is a current battle between the local government and national aviation organization in terms of what is permissible altitude for flying. One says the balloons must travel below 500 feet and the other above 500 feet… so we flew on the line at about 500 feet. Definitely a bird’s eye view. Heck, I wouldn’t want to be any higher. The photography from this height was perfect.
There was also great play of light and shadows and interesting lines.
And of course, a birds eye view of life in the local village
The morning light proved to be wonderful … and you know it’s all about the light.