Hot air balloons rally in the desert for festival
They bloom like wildflowers, rising from the red earth in billowing puffs.
Drifting through a redrock panorama, past the sheer cliff faces in Valley of the Gods, the hot air balloons are vivid in yellow and blue and white.
More than 30 balloons rose over southern Utah from Jan. 17–19 for the 16th annual Bluff International Balloon Festival. The event included an arts fair and chili cook-off, events for children and a Navajo taco sale, but the stars were the balloons.
They glowed against the indigo night sky outside the Bluff Community Center and rose with the sun in Valley of the Gods. They drifted along in quiet brilliance, floating blooms amid the rocks and sky.
Go to GJSentinel.com to view a gallery of photos taken at the festival.