A Berber Village in Morocco from the Air

Berber Village from the Air

A Berber village in a valley outside Marrakesh in Morocco. Another of the hot air balloon shots from Wednesday. It was so peaceful drifting overhead, we could hear animals calling and see people looking up. There were hardly any motorised vehicles at all. All those buildings, except for the mosque, were made of mud and straw. Look around you, how different is your life from theirs?

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/200s

Fire Powered Flying

Fire Powered Flying

Fires bursts into the hot air balloon we flew in yesterday near Marrakech, Morocco. The air in the balloon has to be 85C hotter than the surrounding air to provide enough lift to raise the weight of the basket and passengers so we were always warm!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/640s

Hot Air Ballooning over Marrakech

Hot Air Ballooning over Marrakech

Yesterday brought the news that 19 tourists died in Egypt when their hot air balloon crashed. It almost made us rethink our activities today because we were planning to go up in a balloon here in Marrakech! The chance that our balloon would crash just because a balloon in Egypt crashed is minuscule. They’re unrelated events but I guess it was a reminder that the activity is not without risk. Many people did cancel their trips yesterday and our pilot thanked us for not doing the same.

It was a wonderful experience, spoiled slightly by the low hanging clouds but floating through the clouds was surreal for a few moments. Then the wind blew us towards Berber villages as we descended. People watched and children ran as we eventually came to ground. The wind had been carrying us towards the mountains and we’d pass above powerlines that snaked across the valley so the pilot took us down about 200 metres from those cables.

Definitely worth trying out!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/1000s