Two Saturdays ago, on the 4th, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta began. I'd been out earlier seeing if there were any drifting our way, but had given up. I got my kit ready to shoot photos at my son's game in a little bit, when our dog began barking like mad. We heard the propane burners, so I grabbed the camera as we ran out into the back yard. I had my 70-200 lens on, and there was no time to switch for this series of photos. It all transpired within a few minutes. 1. 2. The balloon was coming right toward us. 3. They were coming right toward our house. 4. Friendly folks. 5. They went past our house, over the neighbour's trees, and descended toward the narrow street just beyond. 6. Coming down in the narrow street. At this point, I think, I climbed up the ladder to our roof. 7. Superb landing. Passengers jumped out, and began walking the gondola around the street back toward us. Pilot expertly burned, keeping the balloon light, but at ground level. This guy is GOOD! 8. Pilot kept it right at buoyant ground level so his passengers could walk the balloon around toward the front of our house, and the park across our street. 9. Got it to the park. Here I was wishing I'd been able to switch lenses from my 70-200 to my 17-85, but this all unfolded too quickly to leave and run inside. So, I made the best of it. 10. Pilot began letting air from the bag. Passengers controlled the tipping of the gondola. 11. The young lady in the gondola didn't seem really thrilled at this moment. She knew the gondola was going to be tipped, to allow the balloon to deflate. 12. Pilot sitting on the neck to prevent air from flowing in and keeping the bag inflated. 13. More help arrives in the form of neighborhood kids. 14. Pilot explains the situation. 15. The eldest sister runs the show now, and tells the younger ones 'what's what.' 16. Now the grown-ups get to roll up the bag and further deflate it. Unfortunately, at this point we had to leave for the game, so I wasn't able to shoot more of the packing up. Hope you enjoyed this slice of life from our Albuquerque area.