I lived in Canberra and regions for 32 years, and for the last few years every March was the time of early mornings, wet feet, and BIG balloons.
Every March Canberra puts on this wonderful festival where you can get right down among the balloons while they are inflating, it is really special. We left Canberra in 2003 and in 2005 I returned with our van and a trailer to pick up a few items that had been in storage. So these shots are from across the lake from the take off ground, as I knew I would not get a parking spot near it.
To see some images from in among the balloons have a look at my Zenfolio page, http://odille.zenfolio.com, where there is a gallery of small images from my original digital camera, a Sony Mavica that took 4 images on a 1Mb floppy disc!
So here are some of my 300+ 2005 images