Lens-Artists Challenge # 91: Simplicity

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The Lens Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Patti.

I’m not very wordy in these challenges. Click ‘Literature’ in the menu bar above to see VOLUMES of my summaries and musings on Lapham’s Quarterly historical journal.

I’m led to my photo contributions this week by perhaps 3 degrees of separation. When I opened my photo library it was still looking at sand dunes, which I used in last weeks DISTANCE challenge. I took those photos in Oct. 2016 while traveling south through Colorado into New Mexico.

I scrolled past the dunes photos and saw several I took of the Rio Grande Gorge in New Mexico. (A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, Amy’s challenge two weeks ago).

Finally, I came to my destination on the trip, the annual Albuquerque Balloon Festival. Some of those photos struck me as Simplicity, such as the following early morning liftoff, a single balloon ornamenting the darkness like a lighted Christmas ornament, a beacon to follow:

A group of balloons were still simple beacons to me, lighting the way, such as beacons we all keep an eye out for in these times:

The following dark silhouette of a somewhat complex balloon was still simple in outline. I think that is a one- or two-person basket hanging below it:

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… SKY! (With a cow?)

A word to the wise, the annual balloon festival is NOT Simplicity personified:

There are hundreds of balloons and hundreds of thousands of attendees. It is a SIGHT to behold, at least once, perhaps.

One needs to step back and take it in ‘from a Distance’ to appreciate the Simplicity:

If next weeks theme is balloons, I am soooo screwed. I do have many more festival photos, however.

I leave you with a quote seen at the ABQ Biological Park:

I like it.

Stay safe, be well.

Kudos to the tireless leaders of the weekly Lens-Artists challenge.

Weekly Challenge info from Tina:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.

Per Patti this week:

Here’s our schedule for the rest of April:

About JohnRH

Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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42 Responses to Lens-Artists Challenge # 91: Simplicity

  1. This is one of the things we want to witness one day. Beautiful images. I especially liked the night ones.

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    • JohnRH says:

      Good bucket list item. ABQ has many other things to see and do, like taking the tram to the mountain top, where early October winds are COLD!!! Casa Rodena is an excellent winery, too, with a beautiful outdoor space in which to sit and sip.


  2. pattimoed says:

    Simple beauty. I love the peaceful feeling you get when you’re watching them. Thanks, John for your post!

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  3. aekshots says:

    Enjoyed the post John…lol. Been meaning to go to the balloon festival out there but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Looks like good advice to view from a bit of a distance. Will keep that in mind if I end up going. Thanks.

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    • JohnRH says:

      It’s busy, just plan. When we were there the schools were closed for the festival and all the school buses used for shuttles. We parked at one of several shopping centers around the city and took the school bus. One morning, for the before-dawn lighted flying, we drove early and parked by the festival. It can be done!


  4. Wendy says:

    Wow, crowds of balloons and crowds of crowds. Excellent!

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  5. Fantastic post, John 👏 There’s something very serene about seeing a massed launch of balloons as they drift quietly into the sky 😃 There doesn’t seem to be a collective noun for a group of balloons, but the general consensus is a group; I think a better word would be a bubble of balloons 😁

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  6. What a fun event, John, And well captured! I especially like the second image of the balloons at twilight.

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  7. Amy says:

    Wow, what a fun, exciting event! Great photos, John. Can’t imagine being there. 🙂

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  8. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Beautiful images John, I especially love the night time ones. It must have been wonderful to watch 😊

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  9. Tina Schell says:

    I did a balloon festival one year in Oregon John. We went with friends who lived locally and they chose our spot. Of course it meant I was shooting directly into the sun and my images that day were horrific. I’m insanely jealous of your pre-dawn shots!!

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  10. I love all the colors and different perspectives you shared in your photos. Even if you’re screwed if next week’s prompt is balloons (aka, hot air…) 😉

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  11. I’ve only been to Albuquerque’s balloon festival once, but it was certainly memorable. I didn’t get up early enough to see those balloons that launched into the early morning darkness. Beautiful captures!

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  12. Leya says:

    Love these silent giants – especially the night ones. Very special, John.

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  13. Absolutely no simpler joy than a balloon

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  14. Olga says:

    Such beautiful beacons of light, John. ❤ Well worth standing in the cold. I've always had a dream of going up in a hot air balloon. but never had the opportunity. Must be an amazing feeling of hovering over the landscape. 🙂

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    • JohnRH says:

      Thank you Olga. We rode in a balloon in Arizona many years before this. Amazing experience. We heard that rides at the festival were hundreds of dollars (3, 4, ?) or person. No thanks.

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  15. oneletterup says:

    The balloons are simple, yet amazing! Great choice.

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  16. Amazing images of the colorful balloons and clear sky, John. I would very much like to see them one day!

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  17. Amy says:

    Wow! What a spectacular sight! There is a balloon festival not too far of a drive from where I live, but I haven’t had a chance to make it since I’m usually out of town.

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  18. Tatiana says:

    The top balloons are really wonderful!

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  19. How beautiful! And evocative.

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  20. I’ve been to Albuquerque’s balloon fest – it is “simply” amazing! Nice photos!

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