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the inflation process - look carefully and you can see the flame inside the 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 15 2007 15:01 GMT Midworlder PRO
I like this one Bill
Nov 15 2007 15:14 GMT hans55 PRO
a very good one !!!
Nov 15 2007 15:38 GMT charlotte
super colour!
Nov 15 2007 15:46 GMT Haw59 PRO
My fav Bill. I love the POV. Very good.
Nov 15 2007 16:09 GMT yvon
Nov 15 2007 17:39 GMT abojovna PRO
Excelent !
Nov 15 2007 20:05 GMT SunnyRea
Love this shot...Great job! So colorful!
Nov 16 2007 02:09 GMT ashdad PRO
Great interior view!
Nov 16 2007 03:41 GMT lumaciel
Nice composition!