Reno Balloon Race video

Here’s a video of last year’s Reno Balloon Race. I’ve seen plenty of pictures of hot-air balloons, and on occasion I’ve seen them in person, and they always struck me as docile, passive creatures. How can one balloon race another? But this time-lapse video shows just how alive they are.

Try to track just one of them around the sky. It’s a very organic scene, and somehow un-human, like a tidal pool ecosystem. The oscillatory swimming motion immediately reminded me of jellyfish. Which all makes me wonder that maybe there’s money in jellyfish races.

3 thoughts on “Reno Balloon Race video”

  1. We’ve actually been secretly promoting underground Jellyfish races for years in Greensboro. Also, if you’re a gambling man, here’s an inside tip, betting on Stingy McGee is a sure thing this Saturday.

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