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only 4 pics from this air show left to post.......
here's a break with color!!!

The 38th annual Great Balloon Race (second oldest in the US)(http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com ) 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 "hare and hound" race because a lead balloon(Energizer Bunny - get it, a "hare") takes off and lands at a distant area - the "hare". The other balloons take off one by one(the "hounds") and follow the lead balloon. Once they find the lead balloon landing site they drop a sack of birdseed as close as possible to that balloon. The balloon that drops their sack of birdseed closest to the "hare" wins the race.

We started out with a demonstration of precision parachuting. After the last parachutist lands it is time for the race to begin.

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.

This is the only balloon race that starts out inside a major metropolitan city in the United States. All of the other major balloon events take place outside of the cities.

Happy Thursday!!!

(constructive critique is welcome)

coming soon -
the St Louis Zoo
and another - St Louis Air Show - from high up in the hills above the air field:
and on Mon 09/03 we went to a small car show - that next
after that - Friday 09/14 - St Louis Balloon Glow
and - Saturday 0915 - Great St Louis Balloon Race
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Comments on this photo:

Sep 20 2007 06:08 GMT hans55 PRO
very good one to start with !!
Sep 20 2007 06:32 GMT Elise
Wow! Impressive......fantastic composition shot PP :))
Sep 20 2007 06:40 GMT AlyonTstallion
Looks like fun
Wonderful shot!!!!!!!
Sep 20 2007 06:48 GMT AlisonBelinda
Sep 20 2007 06:59 GMT RainyDay
great series!!
Sep 20 2007 07:02 GMT Squirrel PRO
Colorful sky photo !
Sep 20 2007 07:13 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
That is a lot of balloons!
The event sounds fun and, of course, is a real gift for a photographer.
This picture has lovely balance and colours.
Sep 20 2007 07:19 GMT Adamus
Great shot.
Sep 20 2007 07:25 GMT marijke06
balloons are much more peaceful to me than planes....thanks for this colorful image!
Sep 20 2007 08:19 GMT Midworlder PRO
A veritable cornucopia of balloons, Hans it is now another month closer to our balloon ride !!! Unless you get it done before I arrive !!!
Sep 20 2007 08:35 GMT LizSA
magnificent colours........ !!! wonderful shot...!
Midworlder.... what have we here.... you and Hans meeting....:-( what about me !
I am jealous.... Bill.... SAY SOMETHING...!!!
Sep 20 2007 08:50 GMT DragonSpeed PRO
Great - colorful and fun! Fun shot.
Sep 20 2007 09:00 GMT Midworlder PRO
I'm not heading to SA sorry Liz .. but knowing your recent globe trotting efforts I will probably bump into around the corner of some other contry, sorry Bill I'm not trying to hijack your post :-))
Sep 20 2007 09:25 GMT Nakolezestodoly
Great colors and composition !!
Sep 20 2007 09:28 GMT CeterusParibus
Sep 20 2007 11:00 GMT junne PRO
neat picture!
Sep 20 2007 13:20 GMT Satto
Lovley colours...great sky...cool shot:-)
Sep 20 2007 13:25 GMT megmet PRO
A wonderful and colourful image Bill..!
I have always wanted to see this for myself and intended to go to the one held near us this year....would you believe it was held while we were in Spain. :-))

Thanks for your lovely comments on my work Bill, one I've worked my way through the hundreds of wedding photo's I shall try to catch up once more with yours...!
Sep 20 2007 13:43 GMT Tavascarow
Beautiful capture.
Sep 20 2007 14:02 GMT PinkPepperPhoto PRO
Nice one!

I finally got mine sifted thru and discs made for my pilot yesterday.
Sep 20 2007 14:22 GMT LisaSam67
WAHOO they look like satin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 20 2007 14:56 GMT Felixthecat
This is just a superb picture!
Sep 20 2007 17:26 GMT gtc126
Fantastic Framing..Beautiful colors...I see that Bass Pro Shop Balloon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 20 2007 18:22 GMT nightowl011
colourful :)) I like it
Sep 20 2007 19:29 GMT bennystr
Beautiful shot!
Sep 20 2007 20:10 GMT mariazinha32
colors in the sky.........beautiful
Sep 21 2007 06:59 GMT beus PRO
So beautiful photo!!!
Sep 21 2007 08:54 GMT jceca PRO
yesss, Lisa is right ... so shiny !!!
beautiful .......
Sep 21 2007 09:23 GMT torlau PRO
I like these ballons - lovely colours
Sep 21 2007 14:24 GMT fredaH
wooowww...gorgeous colours and beautiful pic too.
Sep 21 2007 16:14 GMT bertel
This is such a wonderful balloonphoto
Sep 21 2007 22:39 GMT aquiles PRO
Sep 24 2007 02:55 GMT mavik
Very colorful! Hot air balloons will always remind me of you, Bill!