Blue skies and wall to wall sunshine baked Bristol this weekend, making for the perfect flying conditions.
During three long months of lockdown, there was a noticeable absence above our city’s skyline on warm days – no hot air balloons.
Normally they float above homes, landmarks and parks in all shapes and sizes. But between the end of March to June they were grounded due to Covid-19 social distancing measures.
That all changed at the beginning of July when Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the green light for a number of leisure activities to return.
The first hot air balloons made their appearance early on Tuesday morning (July 7) much to the delight of Bristolians.
And this weekend’s glorious weather saw the city’s first mass ascent of the year, and among the balloons was last year’s popular giant black cat.
Amateur and professional photographers were quick to grab their cameras in time to capture the scenes overhead.