Womens’ balloon photos

This year's ballooning has begun in earnest as the women ballooners showed that you don't need a propeller to take to the sky. The aviatrixes lined their balloons along the runway each morning before scattering across the valley. The clear blue skies and graceful balloons were a photographer's dream.

The hot air balloons return next weekend with the one-man hoppers.

Photography - Brian Nicholas and Dave Jones