Sequim is hosting its first balloon festival this weekend, featuring hot air balloon rides and other activities.
This morning started with a spectacular sunrise and a bit of rain on the east end of town.
Shortly after sunrise, the balloons started to lift off from Sequim Valley Airport, west of town, with the Olympic mountains for a backdrop.
The spiral-patterned balloon fires its burner as it lifts off. In the background, you can see the "Little Bees" being inflated. They're still lying on their backs. More on them tomorrow.