|A recent hot air balloon Rally in San Diego|
|Early balloon designs befoe 1800.|
Balloon painting.from around 1900, artist unknown.
|Forbes Balloon patterned after his Normandy chateau|
|Has NASA tried this?|
|Locomotives are not quite what one first thinks off as anything so light as a balloon.|
|Vincent rises to|
Peanuts, not Dumbo
The hot air shaped balloon today employs a design theme. Yet, not only are they not tethered, but they must be stable enough, once airborne, to be piloted and at the same time protecting those in the basket below, all while soaring thousands of feet into the sky. That's pretty serious art, giving new meaning to the old saying, "art is not a matter of life and death--it's more important than that.
|So this is where babies come from...and how they may arrive.|