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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!!

The Energizer Bunny takes off - he has a 15-30 minute head start...

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 weekend!!!!

(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
A tour of the St Louis Botanical Gardens
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Comments on this photo:

Nov 24 2007 08:53 GMT linnywv PRO
You've been busy! I've truly enjoyed your balloon shots. They are so very colorful!
Nov 24 2007 10:45 GMT Pueo PRO
and going and going... I saw him in the New York Thanksgiving Parade as a huge helium-filled balloon too. His company must really love seeing the bunny in blown-up form.
Nov 24 2007 11:29 GMT Bali
Nov 24 2007 12:45 GMT iyerhari
this i liked it very much:)
Nov 24 2007 15:45 GMT Haw59 PRO
My favorite bunny. Don't tell Miss Pinks.
Nov 24 2007 16:42 GMT Captivelight PRO
Now thats a big big bunny
Nov 24 2007 17:27 GMT hans55 PRO
nice shape balloon !!
Nov 24 2007 17:39 GMT bennystr
Just great!
Nov 25 2007 01:40 GMT Prikthai
So nice bunny!
Nov 25 2007 02:34 GMT Nina97
Sweet Bunny