A Balloons Eye View

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that last Thursday I lost my amazing GoPro camera, after attaching it to 23 helium balloons, and watching in dismay after the wind snapped the rope and it floated high into the sky over county cork. (You can read about all the drama HERE.)

What you might not know is that I was stopping at nothing to get that camera back! I contacted the local radio station, and used the power of social media to get the word out to everyone in the area to keep an eye on the skies for a crazy contraption consisting of 23 balloons, a styrofoam mount and a tiny little camera!

On Good Friday I had an email from a girl I sister went to school with, Debbie Deane, saying her husband had found my camera in one of their fields, over 20km from my house! I was speechless. My parents did not know what was going on as I jumped up and down mouthing silently and pointing at the computer. We simply COULD NOT believe someone had found it. I jumped in my car and drove down to collect it, with a smile on my face that was not going to be leaving anytime soon.

I had a great laugh with Debbie and her husband as they told me about how they had been checking up on a sunburnt cow when they spotted the balloon in the field and went to investigate. They then went home, put the memory card in their computer and looked through the photos to see if they could recognize the owner but had no luck. Later, Debbie’s brother arrived, and recognized me straight away! An Easter Miracle!

When I arrived home I couldn’t wait to look at the photos and I was not disappointed! There were over 900 photos of the Cork country side, as the camera took a photo every 2 seconds on its crazy adventure in the sky. Next thing I knew I had National Newspapers contacting me, saying they wanted to publish the story! You can read the Irish Examiner article HERE, and the Irish Independent article HERE.

My friends could not believe my good luck and one remarked, “You come home for 1 week and you make the papers!” Life really is one big adventure. :)

Mapping the balloons journey from my house to Innishannon
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86 thoughts on “A Balloons Eye View

  1. Oh my! How beyond cool is that! I am so very happy for you, and for the rest of us who won’t have to miss out because you’re without a camera! Those pictures are amazing. I love the shadows of the balloons on the roof of the house. Is that the curve of the surface of the earth in all of the photos, or just the way the horizon looks because of the angle, or the lens or some other factor? i bet that if you do this again it will be with a much more substantial tether! I wonder how many followers you will gain because of all of the publicity about your Easter miracle?

    1. Hey Karen. It’s the lens I believe as the GoPro has a wide angle almost fish-eye lens. I know some other people that did something similar, tied a camera to a weather ballon, and it almost made it to space! In their pics you really can see the curve of the earth which is pretty darn cool!

      1. I just got a chance to check out your blog again for the first time in forever and LOVE that your camera came back to you with such fantastic shots!

        I’m thoroughly impressed that you were able to keep your head despite your horror of losing the camera to be so persist in getting the word out! Great job!!

        Also, the video montage is amazing :)

    1. Thanks! What’s funny is I can’t even take full credit for the pics as technically ‘my camera’ took them, not me! haha :)

  2. THIS IS AMAZING!
    Your story is both hilarious, random, and so full of LUCK and amazing photos. You are one lucky girl! Your photos are amazing, I love that they are accidental, and I love that you embrace this as another adventure. Seriously, that is the way to go about life- I myself have busted cameras, lost SD cards in bizarre ways, but I have never seen my camera leave me attached to balloons!
    Thanks for some humor and some awesomeness, cheers!

    1. I know it’s just full of randomness! In fact when it first happened I didn’t know whether to laugh of cry as the whole saga was so incredibly ridiculous! :)

  3. What an awesome end to what could have been a tragic story! Althoug I must admit since it wasn’t my prized camera floating away (which clearly would have been tragic) it was really rather hilarious picturing it all happening. Glad it all turned out in the end and you got amazing photos to boot. I wonder if I could do something similar (minus the floating away part) with my husbands trail camera… and should I tell him before hand… hmmm… things to ponder!

    1. Do it!! Just be sure to write your name and address on the camera first so people know where to return it if the rope snaps! haha

  4. What an amazing story…so happy for you that it was found. You will have these wonderful pictures and adventure to share always…how awesome is that?! :)

    1. Thanks,I’m so happy for me too haha. I’m hoping to get some of the photos printed and framed..will look good in my house at home! :D

    1. That’s what my friends and family said!! I should have made a video at the start of me saying “Hello! If you are watching this video it means I have lost my camera! Please return in to….” lol :)

  5. nice idea.. but I am scared to do this with my camera. In Philippines, it’s usually a finder’s keeper.. especially if it involves gadget that could be sold to the highest bidder and possibly feed hungry children. that or to buy drugs. nyahaha

    1. haha well you could just make sure to use a strong leash/rope that won’t snap and you can control how high/far it goes! :D

    1. I know I was so happy to get my camera back but EVEN MORE happy when I saw all the photos it had taken!!

    1. Wow, thanks for the positive feedback. I just checked out your website, what a great resource! I really need to get myself to some festivals in Ireland this summer! :)

      1. Ahh been browsing your site for the last half hour…I think your my new hero!!!! Bog snorkeling? Pure awesome!

  6. Wow! What amazing luck to have your little gopro returned to you! And the pictures are amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog and “liking” my gopro kite post!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I love checking out what other people are up to with their cameras to give me ideas for the future! The kite’s a great addition! :)

    1. Thanks for you lovely comment, and I’m glad you like my blog! I see you’re from SA…this makes me very jealous! Such a beautiful country you live in! x

      1. Hi from South Africa! Yes I know how lucky I am, thank you! I’m also lucky enough to have lived and travelled widely here. It is gorgeous,and I encourage everyone to visit! x

      2. I lived there for a year when I was 18, up North in Limpopo Province! Can’t wait to come back and visit some day soon! x

      3. It has grown and changed and you will not recognise it! It’s very First World in the cities, but still Third World in rural areas. But we are getting there slowly…

      4. I can imagine. I’m keen to see what has become of all my students, who have probably all grown up at this stage and moved to Joburg or Cape Town! :) I look forward to following your blog btw, im a big fan of arts and crafts! :D

  7. Oh my goodness. I’d freak out if I lost my GoPro Hero. I feel your angst. So glad you recovered it and WOW – great pictures. I mount mine on the windshield of my Harley Davidson. Every so often I’ll hit a nasty pothole or rough patch of road and I watch it shake from suction cup mount, but so far (knock knock on the wood of my desk), I still have it. YAY for you and YAY for the lovely photos. Here’s a video I did with my GoPro this past Saturday. Nearly 4 hours of video cut down to 9 1/2 minutes. (Now that was a chore since I’m a novice at video creations.) Cheers to you and have a great day. http://youtu.be/tZASqpqHXNE

    1. I was pretty devastated at having lost it to the sky, and equally ecstatic and the thought of somebody having found it again! I have not attached it to the car yet, but have had some fun with it on my bicycle! Deffo up for being more adventurous this summer! Gonna check the video out now…sounds like a painful amount of editing!!

    1. I know, it was weird to look back on the images and think about the adventure my camera had..without me there!! haha

  8. Crazy lady – you might as well have dangled 300euros from some balloons! But I love the idea and wondering about having a go myself – however, I have an old Nikon 6mp camera so if it flies off into sunset the loss won’t be missed!
    You’re going to get a lot of publicity from this – hope you can capitalise!
    Have a great day!

    1. I know, my friends all think I’m a little mad. But feck it..I got it back so all’s well that ends well!

    1. Thanks for your positive comment…I love the photos it took so much, can’t wait to get some of them printed off and framed!

    1. Thanks Edna! I’m so happy everything worked out too, would have been a very sad blogger if I had no camera! :(

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