Saturday, September 15, 2012

It Had To Be B'loon Glow

Balloon Glow 2012-09-14 1

One of the major events on the St. Louis photo calendar happens this weekend, The Great Forest Park Balloon Race. This year is the 40th anniversary. Wow - I showed up in this burgh for college 45 years ago and wasn't very aware of it until I caught the photography virus.

The actual race is today. The Friday night event is the balloon glow. They stay tethered to the ground but repeatedly fire their burners to make a spectacular show after sunset. Much more of last night's and today's events to come. Note the little sign on the balloon in the bottom picture.

All that hot air. What a perfect metaphor for our election season.

Balloon Glow 2012-09-14 2

Balloon Glow 2012-09-14 3


s.c said...

The balloons that shine trough are the most beautiful at night.Pity there are no more on picture two. Great spot to take pictures.

William Kendall said...

We had a balloon festival here earlier in the month. It always draws a lot of people to the area.

Lois said...

How pretty!

Jack said...

I like your first image, Bob. There is a balloon event a couple of towns away from here, but I have not attended in more than three decades.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant shots Bob, I seem to remember you covered this event last year..isn't it amazing how time flies.. Love the little 'thanks dad' tag on this bottom shot.

Stefan Jansson said...

I can hear the burners just by looking at your photos.