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the inflation process - he finally has it up!! :-))

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 16 2007 17:42 GMT hallo
Eye catching baloon and capture...have a nice weekend too!
Nov 16 2007 17:51 GMT Minz PRO
Nice shot !
Nov 16 2007 18:12 GMT Cascavel
Great, colorful series.
Nov 16 2007 19:08 GMT Lensvision
This is a great shot!
Nov 16 2007 20:19 GMT gtc126
Well Looks like they got it airborne
Nov 19 2007 15:39 GMT Sweetoes PRO
Great capture hon:-))