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The burgeoning population of the tiny planet led many to devise and build elaborately decorated balloons that lifted them away, in search of a better life. Those who remained grounded could merely watch as they drifted out of sight.

Polar coordinate distortion of a photograph I took at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, 2013.

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