Recently I joined 3 of my hot air balloon buddies as we drove to Monument Valley, Az., for the 5th Annual Monument Valley Hot Air Balloon festival. We met up with the other 19 balloons on Thursday night for dinner and a layout of the weekends festivities. We had plans for flights at sunrise on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. As it turned out, Ole Mother Nature had other plans for us. Being a photographer and balloonist I was prepared for whatever cards we would encounter. On the way from our hotel to the valley for Friday mornings pilot briefing, we found the winds picking up and some fog to our south. As soon as the sky became light enough, we witnessed the fog taking over the valley. I quickly made my way to the vehicle to grab my cameras and tripod. The scene that unfolded in front of me was amazing. The sky began to fill with color as the clouds were reflecting the light kicking up from below the horizon. The fog just kept flowing through the valley creating a magical look. Please take a look at the time lapse below to see the magnificent sunrise occur.
Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 42 top photographers worldwide. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing people, professional sports, architecture, weddings and landscapes.
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