19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Preparing to Launch

This image shows a hot air balloon just beginning to fill with air. The day for me started out at 3:30 am. I picked up my friend and we drove 2 hours to the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival, only to find out that the hot air balloon part of it was cancelled (wind conditions were not right). As we were driving back to the highway to go home, we noticed some balloons were being prepped at a local winery. We parked and quickly took several shots of the balloon launching process.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2019
Date Uploaded: 09.2021
Photo Location: Temecula, California, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Copyright: © Dana Levine