After my parents retired they volunteered at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for a number of years. Three years in a row I went down and spent a few days watching as these beautiful craft took to the skies.
If you ever get a chance to go, I would highly recommend it. It is held the first full week of October each year so it is coming up soon.
The main image below was taken in 2004 as the balloonists readied for the mass ascension. Scroll down to view some of the images I took the times I attended the event.