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these precision stunt men all landed in a 30' (less than 10 meters) radius circle
they are all highly skilled parachutists that can do amazing stunts with stunning accuracy!!

The 37th annual Great Balloon Race (http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com ) is was held on Sat September 15, 2007. The balloons are all setup close together in a large field and then they started inflating slowly. The race is called a "tortoise and hare" race because a lead balloon takes off and lands at a distant area - the "tortoise". The other balloons take off one by one(the "hares") and find the lead balloon. Once they find the lead balloon they drop a sack of birdseed as close as possible to that balloon. The balloon that drops their sack of birdseed closest to the "tortoise" wins the race.

We started out with the photographers being allowed on the launching field as the pilot and crew prepared the balloons for flight. It was great fun!!

This event took place in Forest Park (http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark ) which is in the center of St Louis and is 40% bigger than Central Park in New York City.

Have a great week!!!!

(constructive critique is welcome)

coming soon -
a small car show -
the St Louis Air Show - from high up in the hills above the air field:
Photos of the Chain of Rocks Bridge
A drive up the scenic Mississipi River with Fall colors
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Comments on this photo:

Nov 22 2007 07:56 GMT LizSA
Interesting information about the Forest Park Bill.....

Happy Thanksgiving PhotoPro.... to you and your family...
so sorry your Parents and Mark & family could not spend the day with you...
Nov 22 2007 08:10 GMT Olympe1961
This image is powerfull and full of intensity : I love it : added to my favourites
Nov 22 2007 10:50 GMT Lensvision
Great shot!!
Nov 22 2007 11:28 GMT Poulet PRO
Happy Thanksgiving, Bill!

Superb capture!
Nov 22 2007 11:47 GMT sini
Great capture!:)
Nov 22 2007 12:33 GMT iyerhari
Wow!!!!!!! superb:))
Nov 22 2007 16:30 GMT Kurt
Wow...a great series of parachutes..;-)