Hot Air Balloons | Phoenix, AZ

I flew to Phoenix last week to meet up with Brooke and her family to join them on a rafting adventure through the lower Grand Canyon. The day I landed, we saw hot air balloons getting unpacked and prepared to sail into the sunset. The sight was stunning—a photographer's dream— beautiful light, colors, and shapes to work with. The 10 or so hot air balloons got up in the air quickly, almost too quickly if you ask a picture maker. Stay tuned for Grand Canyon photos. 2012 Hot Air Balloon 1

Erin Romaneschi, of Peoria, walks through the Arizona Superstar hot air ballon in preparation for a training, Sunday, Dec.29, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz. Romaneschi has been working toward his sport pilot license for the past two year, and has accumulated nearly 20 hours of flight time.

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Bob Romaneschi 53, right, holds open the mouth as a fan blows air into Arizona Superstar hot air balloon behind him as his son Erin Romaneschi, 22, pulls the the envelop in a position to be better inflated, Sunday, Dec.29, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz. Bob's 29 years of experience helps his son train to get his sport license.

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Bob Romaneschi and his son Erin Romaneschi use the burner to inflate the Arizona Superstar hot air balloon, Sunday, Dec.29, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz. Erin now has to take a written test and fly with an FAA agent to get his pilot's license.

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Hot air balloons get set to take off in Phoenix, Ariz, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2012.

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Hot air balloons take off in Phoenix, Ariz, Dec. 29, 2012.