There certainly were some very colorful kites on show at the last 3 kite festival events we attended. We took plenty of photos down at Semaphore Beach, South Australia, on these occasions. I have selected 8 of the most vivid examples to feature here.
I've tried to dredge out some memories of the day as well, to liven up the captions a bit!
This page is photo-heavy, so be patient. It might take a few moments before a whole bunch of colorful kites pop into view... Enjoy!
Realistic 'leaves' in this Taiwanese kite train
During the 2007 event in Adelaide, a Taiwanese kite master had been
invited. He and some helpers put up several magnificent kite trains. The
one shown was leaning over at a 45 degree angle in a very fresh
Southerly breeze. It stretched so far up that it was one of the very
first things you noticed as you approached the beach. The flying line
seemed to be made of traditional materials as well, and was quite thick
in order to cope with the combined pull of all those colorful kites.
Long arch of small Diamonds
This self-launching kite arch went up and down numerous times over a
couple of days. The small Diamond kites with colorful tails rested on
the dunes near the entrance to the Semaphore jetty. When the wind
strength was sufficient, the whole lot rose into the air with tails
fluttering. Sometimes the arch was up for hours at a time.
Inflatable kites and 'line laundry'
Here, I zoomed in on the most dense region of the 'kite cloud'. A riot
of color, this shot features a number of inflatable kites. Also, a
considerable amount of so-called line laundry, which are basically glorified wind-socks, anchored to the flying lines of bigger kites. Sure adds to the spectacle though!
A most impressive inflatable Dragon
Two amazing inflatables here, particularly the dragon! I watched the
dragon being launched, and snapped off 3 or 4 frames as it took shape in
a moderate breeze. Possibly the longest kite I have ever seen at
the Adelaide festival, not counting attached tails. It flew well,
stable and upright all the time, and slowly writhing and shifting in the
wind. The owner kept it on a short leash, close to the ground for
maximum visual effect I suppose. With it's mixture of bright and dark
hues, it was also one of the more colorful kites on show.
Name the kite types!
Standing back a bit, I fitted as many kites as possible into this shot.
Lots of detail here, if you look for it! There are inflatables, Deltas,
Parafoils, Sleds and possibly a Rok or 2. Plus all the usual line
Traditional vs modern - in style anyway
Now for some photos from March 2009. This time we focused more on
individual kites. Also, the festival as a whole was somewhat low-key
since the winds were not so favorable. Much of the time, there was not
enough wind strength to lift the more spectacular kites. The photo above
features a large Rokkaku with a striking Asian face design, and a large
stylish Delta kite. The Delta seems to be illustrated with a red dragon
breathing yellow flames around the kite sail! Both colorful kites were
flying quite high, so the camera's full zoom was required to get a good
shot. Hence the image is a touch grainy.
A large 'soft' Sled
This large Sled was flying quite high too, so it's another zoom shot.
Not your usual 2-stick Sled, this one has inflatable spars that provide
some rigidity when rammed full of air during flight. The simple but
bright color scheme ensures the kite can be seen from a long way off.
This Delta looks great with the sun from behind
Finally, I just love getting some sun glare in the shot, as in this one.
Slightly more interesting to look at than boring blue sky don't you
think? The geometric colored panels of this Delta are lit up
beautifully, with the sun shining through from behind.