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Forest Park Balloon Race

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Hot Air Balloon in Forest Park, St. Louis

The title for this post is a bit of a misnomer, since I didn’t stay for the balloon race. I was there, however, to see all of the balloons inflated and on Central Field in Forest Park – an exhilarating scene, all the same.

This is one of my favorite photos, showing one of the hot air balloons, fully inflated.  You can see a large apartment/condominium complex in the background, with the trees of Forest Park in between. This photo ties all three components together, establishing scale and location.  The red, white, and blue of the balloon provides great color against the green foliage and the pastel building.

Girls at a Hot Air Balloon Festival

Another of my favorites is this picture of two young girls, examining one of the transport trailers that has been brightly painted with a hot air balloon scene.

Again, the colors are bright and draw the viewer into the scene. It is not at all immediately obvious that this is the side of a trailer. As you look at photo more closely, you start to notice the tail light of the trailer, and the wheel well between the girls.

The Forest Park Balloon Race is an annual event, with 70 balloons competing in a race against an Energizer Bunny hot air balloon.  The bunny takes off first, and the chase balloons are challenged to drop a bean bag closest to where the bunny lands.

To see more balloons, including some photos capturing the propane flames that provide the inflation for the balloons, click here.

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