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Reno Balloon Races


Click for full size imageHere's the event I have waited for since moving to Nevada. This event started in 1984 with just 20 entries and over the years it's grown and this years entries have topped to over 100. People come from all over and the activities run from Thursday to Sunday. So Friday I packed up my gear the night before and was up and out the door for the Glow Show which started at 4:30...that's AM.LOL Parking was crazy and the walk through the park in the dark, in mud and dodging the sprinklers running and down small hill slopes was adventure but just beyond the trees you could see the glow and hear the spectators. What a crowd for so early in the morning, hundreds of people! I managed to get a few pictures of the Glow show but fumbling with settings in the dark this was my best save of the predawn balloon lighting. So many people with camera's and video recorders taking in the show. I loved seeing all the cell phones in the air trying to capture the main attraction.

If you are ever thinking of coming to Nevada in September this is one show you definitely want to see. It's spectacular!!!

Posted by Mark  
on September 7, 2008, 2:19 pm
Beautiful image of the Glow Show. I've been thinking of making our next Theme Challenge "Night Scenes" and this would be a great sample image!

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Posted by westie4us  
on September 7, 2008, 2:47 pm
Thank you Mark and your welcome to use the image.I'd like to see Night scenes for the next theme.

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Posted by Michael  
on September 11, 2008, 8:33 am
Nice shot! My wife and I have been going to the Tigard Festival of Balloons for four years now. It is a fun event and the colors of the balloons are out of this world. We have a night glow and morning launches if mother nature wants to play nice.

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Posted by westie4us  
on September 11, 2008, 11:14 am
Thanks for your comment Michael.I remember your Night Glow photograph from last year.Very beautiful and the stormy sky really added to the scene.Picture perfect weather the day we seen the races here.My favorite's were the theme balloons like the bald Eagle and the huge pink energizer bunny.Can't wait to go back to see this event next year.

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