The annual International Balloon Fiesta is the premier event in the state nicknamed the Land of Enchantment, and it more than justifies that title.
For nine mornings in October, as long as the weather’s just right, the skies above Albuquerque — already awash in sunshine — explode with color as hundreds of balloons of all shapes and sizes take off from Balloon Fiesta Park, creating a perfect backdrop for photographers, spectators, nearby residents and even those commuting to work. 2017 was the 46th for the fiesta, which draws hundreds of thousands every year from across the state, country and world.
Vendors sell delicious food, local artisans show off their crafts, and New Mexico’s diverse and unique culture is placed front-and-center.
At night, balloons inflate and stay on the ground for the Glowdeo, providing a magical sight as the balloons’ flames light up the night and pilots talk to visitors.
All photos taken by David Alex Lynch with a Nikon D7200. Follow him on Instagram @alexlynch695, and on Twitter @RealDavidLynch.