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I have been on the road for 2 weeks without a laptop. Not good. I need to rectify that situation ASAP. So, very little TE or TL for that time.

Another shot from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. This shot is of the balloons leaving the field. Lots of balloons in the BG, some as mere dots.

These balloons were participating in a competition called Texas hold ‘em, where long poles were located in the field and the pilots were trying to grab the items that were attached to the top of the pole. There was a lot of jockeying for position and one of the reasons the balloons are so close together.

The prizes were either money or keys for a new car, thus the competition was keenly attended. The pilots were allowed 4 flybys. They would fly off the field and rise up to head north again to come back in onto the field. It was a very exciting competition. On this day,4 out of the 5 prizes were claimed.

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