When the Lantern Fest
lit up metro Denver this weekend, it was quite possibly the most dangerous and aesthetically pleasing night in Colorado National Speedway history. Nearly 8,000 lanterns were released, despite unpredictable spring weather that included threatening rain clouds. As it was, heavy wind mixed with fire made for a chaotic yet surreal scene — fortunately, no one was injured in the making of this slideshow. All photos by Lindsey Bartlett.