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the inflation process -

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 15 2007 17:52 GMT Poulet PRO
Beautiful composition, Bill! :))
Nov 15 2007 18:15 GMT bennystr
Fascinating documentation Bill!
Nov 15 2007 19:18 GMT Lensvision
Nice shot!
Nov 15 2007 20:10 GMT gtc126
Fantastic Captures. This is amazing to me!!!!!!!
Nov 15 2007 21:02 GMT korni
great series!
Nov 15 2007 22:01 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Bill your series of balloon pictures is just great!
You might want to send them to the BBC - they feature interesting collections of photographs - yours would certainly qualify!
See here:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/6742087.stm
Nov 15 2007 22:43 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you very much - I'll certainly check into it!! :-))
Nov 16 2007 06:58 GMT znacke
Stuning series...very interesting :)
Nov 16 2007 07:20 GMT micati
Series are just great..............:-))