Thursday, March 10, 2016

Pikes Peak and the Air Force Academy


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A few snaps that I took this morning, 10 March 2016. I think the morning is the best time to take pictures of the front range because the morning sun brings out many highlights that are lost from more vertical light. The weather has been warm recently, in the 50s during the day, and not too bad at night. These are scenes of Pikes Peak and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, from a few different angles. I think these shots provide a good introduction to the natural scenery that you will see if you visit Colorado Springs.

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Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pikes Peak coloradosprings.filminspector.com

Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pikes Peak coloradosprings.filminspector.com

Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pikes Peak coloradosprings.filminspector.com

Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pikes Peak coloradosprings.filminspector.com

Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pikes Peak coloradosprings.filminspector.com

Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pikes Peak coloradosprings.filminspector.com

Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pikes Peak coloradosprings.filminspector.com

Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pikes Peak coloradosprings.filminspector.com

Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Pikes Peak coloradosprings.filminspector.com





2016

Monday, September 7, 2015

Parachuting into the 2015 Labor Day Liftoff

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As part of the annual Colorado Springs Balloon Festival, which used to be called the Classic but now is called the Liftoff, the parachutists at the US Air Force Academy stage demonstration landings in the midst of the crowds at Memorial Park. It is always a thrill, these guys and gals are quite talented, and they always hit their mark. I took these pictures and the video at the bottom of the page on 5 September 2015.

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Single jumps were followed by a four-man team that performed some maneuvers on the way down. It was a very professional operation, perhaps the best that you can see on a regular basis in the country. I have a separate page for the balloon liftoff here, and one for the evening Balloon Glow here.

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parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com

parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com

parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com

parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com

parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com

parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com

parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com

parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com

parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com

parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
parachutes parachutists US Air Force Academy Labor Day visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com







2015

Balloon Liftoff 2015

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Every Labor Day weekend, the city of Colorado Springs has a balloon festival. This goes back to the 1970s, and while the organizers and participants may change, the show must go on.

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In 2015, it was called the Colorado Springs Balloon Liftoff, but it was basically the same as in previous years. Every morning for four days in a row, the balloons inflate and take off with passengers. It is a scene, man. Also, I have a page for the parachuting demonstrations by the Air Force Academy Wings of Blue here, and a page for the evening Balloon Glow here.

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These pictures were taken on the morning of 5 September 2015. It was a clear morning with a bit of overcast as the morning went along. The balloons all got off in good order, and much merriment was had by all.

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Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com
Some of the balloons performed touch-and-goes in the lake.
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Colorado Springs Labor Day Balloon Liftoff visitingcoloradosprings.filminspector.com



2015