Hot Air Balloon Glows – Dennis Camp Photography

All a Glow - Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloon Illumination Glows

To inflate a hot air balloon for a ride or a balloon illumination glow, you first have to get it somewhat inflated before you can add the heat. The first step is a large fan. The cooler the temps, the faster the hot air balloon will inflate to the full size for a glow or ride.

The time it takes to get the balloon out as well as the basket and other items need to inflate the balloon with hot air can take a while. Dan from Touch the Clouds, who does hot air balloon rides as well as the balloon glows for the local area people. It is worth going out to see a hot air balloon glow with all the bright colors that illuminate the night skies. This hot air glow located along the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Touch The Clouds
Inside Touch The Clouds

A Dog Named Cooper – Dennis Camp Photography

A Dog Named Cooper

Cooper was a Trooper – He was a once in a Lifetime Dog

A dog named Cooper

A dog named Cooper who was rescued from the Clermont County Pound in 2007 on his last day before the chamber.

In early 2007 on January the 8th our old big Golden Retriever Cosmo died from the poisoned Chinese dog food that was imported into American. His health was already failing, so it was a bitter-sweet ending for an old family friend. Mo was a big dog at 120lbs, we wrapped in his favorite sleep bag and carried him to the pet cemetery. We all buried Mo in the backyard while cried and dug a hole for Mo.

The next day winter came, and the ground froze solid, it was fate he died when he did. I am not sure what we would have done if we could not have buried him. That spring we adopted Custer, a Golden Doodle who grew quickly and kind of odd pup. My son Max wanted a small dog, so we started a search for an older, smaller dog to rescue from the pound.

This is where the story of a dog named Cooper begins.

Cooper and Max meet November 2007 and play in the basement
Cooper meets Max, November 2007

Cooper came to live with us on November the 18th, 2007 from the Clermont County pound where he had been waiting for someone to adopt him for over two weeks. The lady at the pound told Cooper this is your lucky day when we adopted him, since he was scheduled to be euthanized the next day. I am not sure who rescued whom as I look back to that time.

We were told he was three years old at the time, we think it was more likely two years of age. He looked a little sick with what we soon learned as canine influenza, which was a new infection at that time. The pup was very sick and went to the hospital where he spent Thanksgiving and almost did not make it.

The good people at Beechmont Animal Hospital saved his life and he came home after five days. From then on, Cooper became a big part of the family. Sleeping in the big bed and running around the yard with Custer. He was the most mellow dog and would calm your soul just sitting next to you.

Custer and Cooper Play on the Tealtown Backyard

Cooper the dog with Custer playing in the yard on Tealtown.
Cooper and Custer Playing in the Yard

Once in a lifetime dog…

When we got Cooper from the dog pound, we thought we had rescued him. What happened is he rescued our family with 14 years of being the best dog one could have as a friend. Coop was sweet, passive, friendly and just a dog everyone liked, and he liked almost everyone. He and his buddy Custer never had to stay at a kennel, Sally and Dick our neighbors loved them so much they watched over him while we went on vacations.

In early 2019 we lost Custer at age 12 years after something happened internal, and he was gone in a day. He had a good 12-year run with little or no problems before his passing. Cooper looked for Big Guy (Custer) for a few weeks after his passing. They were a true Mutt & Jeff team in the house and yard. Later in 2019 we adopted Bean. How we came to have such a yippy little dog is a story in itself. He is a rescue from SAAP and Coop welcomed into his home. Cooper was that kind of a dog, always friendly to everyone, and everyone liked Cooper. Cooper had a true, sweet soul.

Bean and Cooper on the living room couch on Tealtown
Bean and Cooper Become Friends
Bean’s Gotta Ball – Cooper is Tired

During Cooper’s early years, he spent a lot of time in the kid’s playroom in the basement. Custer would not come down the stair steps, so Cooper got all the attention from the boys playing with hm. Cooper and Ghost had a special bond, even though Ty went off to O.U when Cooper was younger. Cooper never lost that bond and always was happy to see Ty when he came to visit. The last Thanksgiving before Cooper passed on, he slept at Ghost’s feet in a spot he seldom ever slept in just to be near his old littermate.

Puppy Cooper
Cooper’s Forever Home
Life is not an if situation, it is a when situation…
Cooper at Eastgate Animal Hospital. Thanks to Dr. Todd Philips for taking good care of Cooper and making sure he passed on in comfort.
All good things come to an end.

Cooper started to passed away on the night prior to December the 11th, 2021 at his home. The next morning we went to Eastgate animal hospital. I had taken care of him all night as he succumbed to his cancer, which we suspected by his bumps that may be a concern. The different bumps were tested many times over the years, never came back as cancer, still he had aged a lot.

I had taken him in to Eastgate Animal Hospital for some blood work abut two months before his passing. Dr. Goode gave me the bad news that his kidneys were failing, and we knew he had heart problems. Doc and I both seem to know he had cancer at this point, still you would have never had known it. On the ride to the vet and from, he got to hang his head out the window in the breeze. On the way there and back, he remembered every bend and twist in the road home. Thanks to Dr. Todd Philips for taking good care of Cooper and making sure he passed on in comfort. Cooper was a trooper, there will never be one like his again.

Coney Island Hot Air Balloon Glow

Inside Outside Hot Air Balloon Glow
Coney Balloon Glow
Coney Balloon Glow Show

The Coney Balloon Glow and Fireworks shows held on the 4th of July weekend on the banks of the Ohio River. The Balloon glow lights up the night once all balloons fully inflated for a stunning show of color. After the hot air balloon show there is an impressive firework show over the Coney Island Lake Como.

Inside Bull Side

July 4th Celebration, Coney Balloon Glow.

Since the Coney Island 4th of July Hot Air Balloon Glow and Fire Works started back around 2008 I went to photograph and capture the inflation process and the final after glow. In the early years I was able to get a lot more pictures with fewer people. The event became popular quickly after the first two years, and it became hard to get nice pictures of the balloons during the inflation without a crowd of people blocking the view. The Coney Island Forth of July Hot Air Balloon Glow along with a great firework show afterwards over Como lake is worth a trip to Coney Island, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Complete photo gallery of Coney Island hot air balloon glows.

Hot Air Balloon Glow Photography
Inside The Beast of a Hot Air Balloon
The Afterglow of the Hot Air Balloon Inflation Process

The Coney Island Balloon Glow starts with the balloon inflation process that takes a lot of time to get the balloon laid out correctly and the basket in proper place. All the bright color hot air balloons in various stages of being prepared for the hot air balloon glow show when it gets dark.

The Coney Island 2022 Balloon Glow will be a hot fun time for all the people who come out for a colorful illumination of hot air balloons glowing around one another lighting up the 4th of July holiday weekend. The Coney Island Hot Air Balloon Glow Show is on July 3rd 2022.

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