Each year for the past 34 years, we celebrate the end of summer on the Labor Day weekend by watching the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic. This show never fails to inspire and excite the crowds both young and old. I know I never tire of the spectacle watching the colorful balloons against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

This year Pikes Peak was dry, no snow on top, but the sky was a beautiful blue early in the morning. We visited on Sunday, when the wind took the balloons over the city to the north toward the U.S. Air Force Academy. I would have loved to see some of the surprised faces when the balloons had to land in high density residential areas!

Typically the wind blows to the south. The balloons have a tradition of dipping in Prospect Lake, I don't know why. Maybe it's because they make such a fine image with the balloon reflecting in the water? Or maybe they just like to get their feet wet?

I shot some images that morning, thought I would share them here. It's just one of the many reasons I love living in Colorado. We have so many wonderful things to do.