There is an order as to how the balloons are launched at the fiesta. Some (the dawn patrol) launch while it is still dark with the rest commencing their flights just as the sun is barely beginning to creep over the Sandia Mountains. Seeing that it takes around two hours for all of the balloons to launch, by the time the last one has left terra firma there are so many still floating beautifully in the sky even as a number of the earlier fliers are landing, packing up and returning to the launch area.
This fellow making his dawn “escape” during the special shapes mass ascension is Con Air from the Czech Republic.
(Want to know how these shots were captured? Come back tomorrow and you’ll see)