Over the Memorial Day weekend, Gardner was the host of the Kansas City Hot Air Balloon Invitational and I thought this would be a great opportunity for a photo shoot. Friday night I packed up my camera and headed out. It was cloudy to start with partial blue skies and the sun did eventually prevail. I was amazed at how fast the balloons are inflated. Up they went one by one, it was quite a site! I had to be quick with my shots because the balloons fly away rapidly. The shape of the balloons was more evident when they flew directly overhead…those shots ended up being my favorites. I went back to the Invitational on Saturday night looking to get shots of the Night Glow event. The balloons are inflated in the dark illuminated by their burners. Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating so the Night Glow was canceled.