Wilderness Balloons - Chapter 1

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I see an unbelievable number of balloons in an unbelievable number of wild places during my forays. They are strung from brush and trees in remote wilderness and hanging from the legs of birds. Mylar balloons frequently cause wildfires when caught in power lines. Balloons are destructive trash and should never be released into the environment. For more information from the US Fish and Wildlife Service about this issue, read here (warning: graphic images of dead wildlife). I've been photographing balloons in the environment for quite awhile in consideration of starting a website devoted to it, but just haven't committed the time. I decided, with the beauty pictured from today's run, to start a new section of my website devoted to it from this day forward.

Today's wilderness balloon was a yellow latex dandy with a pink plastic string. It was caught in the branches of a California buckwheat on a steeply eroded slope next to a fire road. There was no possibility of safe retrieval.

Map of All Wilderness Balloons