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the inflation process - a different balloon

as they continued testing their readiness for flight - the crews were obviously in different stages of completion at any point in time.

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 17 2007 16:13 GMT iyerhari
your time in photography is very precious:)

Nov 17 2007 16:36 GMT hans55 PRO
great sky in the background !! ...good one !!
Nov 17 2007 17:27 GMT ashdad PRO
Beautiful with that gorgeous blue sky and wispy clouds!
Nov 17 2007 18:23 GMT Lensvision
This one must be a favorite.
Nov 17 2007 18:45 GMT gtc126
I love these Balloon Captures..You have done a super job of capturing them. Now You have made me want to go see them. But I still ain't getting up in one. But I still have the birdseed offer for you!!!!!
Nov 17 2007 18:53 GMT PhotoPro PRO
Glenn - haha....
come up next September and we'll shoot it together
Nov 18 2007 06:45 GMT mavik
Beautiful capture! I love the sky in this image!
Nov 18 2007 07:08 GMT gwen83
Wow, nice sky too:)))
Nov 19 2007 15:36 GMT Sweetoes PRO
Excellent sky in the background...great shot hon:-)
Nov 19 2007 16:35 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you --- I was so lucky with the sky that day