As an (almost) life-long resident of Arizona, I can personally attest to the large variety of activities and events that one has to choose from in this state. From exploring the depths of the Grand Canyon, to reaching new heights in a hot air balloon, the sky is literally the limit! Watching balloons take flight is magical. From the sounds of the burners igniting flames to carry the balloons up and away, to the seemingly endless color combinations, people are often amazed and delighted at the sight. This chilly winter morning was no different as balloon after balloon floated higher and higher while getting smaller and smaller as they went. I captured this image as one balloon was being inflated for take-off while another had already soared away in the distance. I love the color and patterns against the perfectly clear blue desert sky. Watching dozens of balloons take to the sky this particular morning certainly created an unforgettable sight that I will always remember. If you haven’t attended a local balloon festival yet, you are in luck. The Arizona Balloon Classic lands in the Valley January 20th through 22nd, 2017.