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Pictures: Hot air balloon fiesta wows crowds in America

Thousands of visitors came to see the amazing hot air balloons at the 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico.
This lovely butterfly is actually one of the balloons at the 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Butterfly balloon in the air at the 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
This cheery chap is giving a wave as it flies off into the sky.
Balloons in the air at the 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
This novelty clock balloon looks pretty jolly.
Crowds and balloons at the 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Snapping the view, these visitors grab a quick photograph of the balloons.
Visitors photograph balloons in the air at the 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Here's a peg leg pirate balloon taking flight.
Balloons in the air at the 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Balloons prepare for take off at 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. More than 500 balloons of all shapes and sizes lift off in two stages during the event.
Balloons prepare for take off at 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.