Photoblog Inflating the TED balloon

Setup_D31_6615_525.jpgTED2010 photographer Duncan Davidson took this happy shot outside on the Plaza this morning — and recalled the sad fate of last year’s TED balloon, which flew off in a storm and was never heard from again.

“I actually saw it as it started to rip off,” he remembers, “but then I turned my back on it, so I didn’t see it fly away.” This year, it stays firmly anchored in the middle of the Plaza, flying high over our three outdoor social spaces and welcoming TEDsters to Long Beach like a harvest moon (below).

Photos: TED / James Duncan Davidson.