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Adelaide Kite Festival 2009

Here's a selection of the very best kite pictures we managed to capture at the Adelaide International Kite Festival in March 2009. There's just 12, to avoid making this page excessively slow to load.

I had fun going through all our raw imagery of the event, and cropping and resizing to best effect. I don't claim to be an artist or even a great photographer, but I still think you will enjoy these shots if kite-flying is in your blood!

To set the scene, the pic below is of the large UFO kite which has been a feature of the Adelaide kite festival for the past few years. The commentator and other officials could often be seen sheltering under this inflatable flying saucer while directing the Festival.

Kite Pictures - big inflatable UFO kiteThe much talked-about UFO Kite

Kite Pictures - big inflatable UFO kiteThe much talked-about UFO Kite

 


Parafoil Kite Pictures

Here's a couple of typical large Festival parafoils. These are often used to string up non-flying inflatables and other so-called 'line laundry'. Sometimes they help to raise a flying inflatable higher than it would go on its own.

An attractive big white Parafoil with paired inlets and tubular tail.
A large white parafoil with black and green design on the underside.

I thought this would logically fit after the first photo on this page. Something to do with that Alien Intrusion on the right side of the photo with the white parafoil... 

And the other photo... Another large large flat parafoil kite, with an eye-catching green and black abstract design on the lower sail surface. A matching tail tube in a loop helps to keep the kite stable. The long single tail tube below the loop might have been attached for even more stability. Or perhaps just for looks on this important day!



Delta Kite Pictures

Large colorful Deltas are another kite festival staple. At least in Western countries. Here's 3 nice examples, which have all bobbed up in previous years too.


Back-lit Delta featuring colored triangles.
FireBird Delta.

The first photo... This colorful Delta kite was floating about not far from the direction of the sun. This always gives opportunities for a good photo. Here, there were lens effects and the translucent sail fabric glowed with bright sunlight.

The second photo... Up till now I just thought this image showed a pale-blue Delta with a flame effect along the trailing edge. However, looking closer, it appears to be a bird design with flaming wings and tail-feathers. A Fire-bird was my initial thought. Having now met the owner who made it, it is in fact a Phoenix kite. Anyway, it makes for an eye-grabbing image!



 

A huge white Delta with wide ribbon tails flowing from its trailing edge.
A huge white Delta with wide ribbon tails flowing from its trailing edge.

We've seen this magnificent white Delta a few times now, always tethered quite close to the sand. On this occasion, the wind direction allowed us to get very close. The broad matching ribbon tails extend almost the full width of the trailing edge, and are quite long too, although that can't be seen in this photo.



There Has To Be A Sea Creature...

Truly magnificent Killer Whale inflatable, with air inlet visible
Truly magnificent Killer Whale inflatable, with air inlet visible

In this case, as usual, one of the most striking inflatables was this very large Killer Whale kite. It 'swam' convincingly in a breeze that was just strong enough to get it air-borne. Again, we were fortunate to be in quite a close position to get this shot. Also, the kite was on a fairly short line this year.



Multi-line Kite Pictures

Stunt kites were everywhere in 2009. 2-liners, 4-liners, flat-paneled and parafoil. Here are a couple of shots of these maneuverable kites in action.

Delta stunt kite with a very long tubular tail.
A flying quad kite in closeup.

The big beautiful Delta stunt kite in the first photo trailed a very long narrow tubular tail, which traced out every move the stunter traced out in the sky. There were a number of these in the air from time to time, most of them well away from the cluster of single-liners near the jetty.

As for the second photo... Unique shot hey? Somebody just happened to be pointing right at this quad stunt kite just as it was expertly hovered very close to the jetty. Perhaps the floating object was being pointed out to a young child. That's what we would have done with our very young Aren in similar circumstances!



Last But Not Least...

These 3 are all different types, so they get lumped into this last section. Nice kites though!

A light-wind Cody kite with red top sail.
Mean looking Rokkaku kite.

The first image is a great light-wind Cody, which if I remember rightly, uses 1/2 ounce rip-stop nylon and carbon-fiber spars. Hence it's very much lighter than a traditional Cody, even taking account of the smaller size.

And the other image... This traditional Japanese Rokkaku looks like it is rather concerned about the Delta on its tail! Other Roks were actually from Japan, and were flown by men in traditional 'happy coats'. I saw a trio of these kites accidentally tangle when winds were too light to keep them all up reliably.



 

A highly realistic 3D Bird kite in flight over the sand at Semaphore beach
A highly realistic 3D Bird kite in flight over the sand at Semaphore beach

At the time, I knew nothing about this delightful bird kite, except that I just had to get a photo of it! In later years it turned out to be the work of the same guy who made the Phoenix delta. In fact, it was the first kite he ever built!




That's it for our kite pictures from the 2009 Adelaide kite festival. Quite a range of subject matter - everything from UFOs to birds!



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