As I was looking through these pictures, Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” kept running through my head. These gorgeous pictures of hot air balloons from around the world made me want to buy a balloon, quit school, and spend the next five years touring the world from a wicker basket.
Created in 1782, the hot air balloon hasn’t evolved too much. A hot air balloon is comprised of three main parts- the envelope (balloon), the gondola (wicker basket), and a source of heat (usually an open flame). A balloon stays afloat by trapping air heated by the flame in the envelope. This works because the heated air is at a lower density, so it rises, and the air near the mouth of the balloon is at the same density as the surrounding air, so it helps to trap the hot air in the envelope.
Take a look at 22 of these breathtaking pictures of hot air balloons. The original post was supposed to comprise only 20 pictures, but I just couldn’t leave two of these out. Once you’re done with that, head back to Newscom where I’ve compiled over 100 more incredible pictures. Who knew something so odd shaped could be photographed so beautifully?
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