Balloon Classic – CoS – Labor Day 2005

I mentioned in a previous post that I had some hot air balloon photos. The year was MMV, Labor Day weekend. That means the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic is underway . . . or preparing to get underway.

By the way, as usual, click for larger view, or go to SmugMug (HERE) for the Gallery of all the photos in “original” resolution.

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Obviously, based on the up-turned faces, some balloons are farther along the inflation cycle than others.

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There are 115 photographs spanning two days in the gallery, but I won’t show them all here. But, you know . . . I’ll give it a valiant try.

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The annual event attracts a lot of people. Probably why, after that first year, we’ve never returned. However, this year (if we are here) we plan to attend the festivities.

This despite the people . . . that’s right, I’ll be mingling with real, honest-to-goodness live persons. I’m already stressing out.

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The early morning hours are a constant bustle of activity with balloons in various stages of inflation, people milling around, and the loud sound of the flames providing the fuel for the vertical ascent.

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A balloon or two is being launched almost every few minutes.

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This next photo tries to accomplish something. One, showing the incongruous contrast of a hot air balloon and a child’s balloon, and two, introduces Pikes Peak into the activity, almost like a signature of sorts; this is Colorado Springs.

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I did try a few artistic shots . . . 

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At one point, I was just trying to capture as many balloons as I could up in the air.

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I thought this next one was striking . . . 

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. . . and this next one just a bit odd . . . 

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I mentioned this was at Memorial Park (or thought I mentioned it), home of Prospect Lake. Some of the balloons would rise up, clear a tree or two, and then descend to “kiss” the water before rising again.

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Only a few timed it right so as to barely disturb the water . . . most missed.

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The above was the last sequence I shot that first morning. Melisa had to run some errands and dropped me off at racquetball . . . where a few hours later I experienced debilitating pain from my meniscus flipping or folding and tearing. It would wait three years to be “fixed” at the same time as I had my rotator cuff repaired. (Note: new readers can see the worst and most unflattering photo ever taken of me HERE (and that’s saying something) . . . don’t look unless you have a strong stomach and don’t like your eyes.)

The next day, still hobbling, I opted for doing some balloon chasing around Colorado Springs and trying to get decent photos of the balloons against nice backdrops.

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Pikes Peak is an obvious one, but so is Cheyenne Mountain.

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And the Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun . . . 

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Like I said, 115 photos in the SmugMug Gallery.That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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