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Bristol england balloons festival 1 20090807

Bristol england balloons festival 1 20090807

A balloonist fires his burners as he prepares to take-off at the dawn mass ascent at the 31st Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 7, 2009 in Bristol, England. Perfect flying conditions allowed over 100 balloons, of all shapes and sizes, to fly this morning at what has become Europe's largest hot air balloon festival.

Matt Cardy