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a view inside an inflated 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 18 2007 06:14 GMT Pasifae
Beautiful colours! :)
Nov 18 2007 06:42 GMT mavik
This is a fantastic series, Bill!
Nov 18 2007 07:07 GMT gwen83
So colourful, great shot:)))
Nov 18 2007 08:10 GMT Squirrel PRO
Very beautiful balloon and shot >>>>>>>>>>>>>
Nov 18 2007 09:59 GMT Minz PRO
This is so colourful !
Nov 18 2007 11:29 GMT iyerhari
lovely managed this shot:)
Nov 18 2007 14:24 GMT Poulet PRO
Colourful! :))
Nov 18 2007 16:03 GMT Haw59 PRO
I sure do like this balloon from the inside.
Nov 18 2007 16:09 GMT soldier
Fantastic capture my friend!!!!
Nov 18 2007 17:10 GMT jceca PRO
your head is in the clouds ... still .... :-)))
love this one !!!!!!!
Nov 18 2007 18:27 GMT Cooler PRO
Nice to see and so colorful ;-)
Nov 18 2007 18:38 GMT bennystr
Fantastic perspective!
Nov 18 2007 19:13 GMT sini
Beautiful shot!:)
Nov 19 2007 03:10 GMT wifey
Nov 19 2007 15:35 GMT Sweetoes PRO
Wonderful shot hon:-))
Dec 18 2007 01:40 GMT jenylew
This one is outstanding. I'm checking out the whole album, now!