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ABOVE THE CLOUDS: A rare circular rainbow surrounded the balloon's shadow.
House and the National Gallery of
Australia buildings had just been placed
randomly within a forest of vibrantly
We were lucky enough to witness a
rare phenomenon that occurred when
the shadow of the balloon was reflected
on the cloud that had approached us.
Surrounding the shadow basket was a
circular rainbow creating a halo of light
upon the reflection and cloud through
which we could glimpse the city.
After close to 50 minutes of gliding
through the air it was time to land and
we were brought down next to the Kings
Avenue Bridge as motorists buzzed
past on their way to work. Alex jumped
onto the side of the basket once we first
bumped the ground and the balloon soon
My first hot air balloon flight had come
to an end and I could tell that the feeling
of excitement and joy was shared among
my fellow passengers. We quickly helped
to deflate and pack the balloon, while
sharing stories and our favourite moments
with child-like enthusiasm.
All too soon the experience was over
and with a toast of champagne in the
Hyatt's rose garden we said our thank
yous and goodbyes and departed full of
euphoria and memories that would keep
us on cloud nine for the rest of the day.
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