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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19 Responses to Balloon Classic – CoS – Labor Day 2005

  1. oneowner says:

    It’s a thrill to see one balloon in the sky so I can’t imagine seeing dozens. And they’re all photogenic.

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  2. mvschulze says:

    Have never seen a festival like this…yet. The pics are incredible. M :-)

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  3. Wonderful photos. I’m looking forward to our annual balloon festival at the end of July. We don’t have nearly as many balloons though.

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  4. sandra getgood says:

    What a beautiful post!

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  5. Emily Scott says:

    What would happen if the balloons touched the water? Would there be a big splash? (Just curious – have never seen photos of balloons above water before)

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  6. I’ve been fortunate to have been at similar festivals in New Mexico! I never tire of seeing the sky filled with balloons!
    Beautiful pics, Emilio!
    I’ve always wanted to ride in one, but have yet to do that!
    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…I am eating right now…so I will avoid the link…I don’t want to see any cuts or slices or bruises or painful photos whilst I eat. I will check it out later.

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    • disperser says:

      We’ve been meaning to get down there for that one, but something always comes up.

      I like the idea of riding one, but I am an engineer, and all I can think of is of various failure modes. Mind you, with the supply from Washington, we’re not likely to ever run out of hot air, but still . . .

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  7. The pictures are amazing!!

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  8. AnnMarie says:

    Many of your posts have photos that need to be seen in SmugMug, and this one is a MUST! What a glorious, colorful treat. I really can’t imagine what it would be like to see these in person.

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