PedroMZ: One should bare in mind the huge carbon footprint of this type of photography. Fortunately few people can afford it.
I'll go out on a limb here and wager the carbon footprint of the naturally-occurring active volcano is hundreds of orders of magnitude greater than a puny man-made aircraft.
Epic fail Nikon.
You have gotten SO out of touch with your customers...- No pro DX upgrade product- Missing DX lenses- Jumbled mix of batteries and accessories
Now you pull the rug out from under us on the PP side. So many missed opportunities.
I AM moving to another brand.
While I'm not a fan of superzooms in general, this will be a great choice for hot air ballooning.
This image is stated to have been taken on 23 Mar 2012. Look at web cams of Togwotee Pass showing it right now - this part of Wyoming is far from being lush green. This is more like an early summer shot, not a few days into Spring.
Hot air balloons fly in the mountains all the time. Check out the galleries at http://www.HotAirPhotos.com for images of real balloons actually flying in the setting of the photo.