13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Balloon Regatta

This picture shows the early morning of the annual Elephant Butte, NM, Balloon Regatta, as the balloons were just about to go up, with the state's largest lake and incredible mountains in the background. Hot air balloons are the ultimate in sustainable travel as they have minimal impact on the environment while providing amazing aerial views, all at a relaxed, slow pace, drifting with the prevailing winds.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2015
Date Uploaded: 10.2015
Photo Location: Elephant Butte, New Mexico, United States of America
Camera: SZ-15,DZ-100
Copyright: © Shannon Patrick