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today we went to the Missouri Botanical Gardens (http://www.mobot.org/) here in St Louis. They had a special exhibition Gardenland Express, Wilderness Escape - small trains around miniture recreations of National Parks, surrounded by beautiful plants. then we went thru the Climatron and saw lots of beautiful tropical plants, even though it was 30F outside!!


our patriotic precison parachustist coming in on final approach

today in the us is known as "Black Friday". This is the biggest sales day of the entire year. People have lined up at stores for as long as 30 hours in advance of their early morning openings - some @ 3am.
For some retailers, this day will provide 25%-50% of their annual income/profit!!!

somewhat redundant - but this guy looked so graceful and majestic - at least he going the other direction!!!



proudly displayed.....

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:
http://www.stlcofair.org/
Photos of the Chain of Rocks Bridge
A drive up the scenic Mississipi River with Fall colors
A tour of the St Louis Botanical Gardens
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Nov 24 2007 00:48 GMT Pueo PRO
nice picture. Colorful parachute.
Nov 24 2007 01:23 GMT peterpinhole
Super shot....great moment captured. It is amazing what acuracy these guys can have in a parachute!
Nov 24 2007 01:49 GMT junne PRO
i was wondering about you being at the right moment in the right place, but your discription explains it well. great shot!
Nov 24 2007 01:55 GMT wifey
Just jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is convincing enough for me… aerial artists!
Nov 24 2007 03:28 GMT AishwaryaIcon
super!
Nov 24 2007 03:55 GMT Prikthai
Excellent shots.
Nov 24 2007 04:14 GMT gtc126
Fantastic Capture.......Super Series Bill!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 24 2007 06:43 GMT LisaSam67
cool shot
Nov 25 2007 02:12 GMT Studio88
Magnificent Capture - Great Shooting!!!
Nov 25 2007 05:54 GMT domesticfix PRO
Great shot !!
Nov 25 2007 06:08 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you!!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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