I don't normally post photos on my blog, but the sunrise looked so pretty through the skeletons of the trees, I snapped this photo this morning. In just 19 days the XXI Olympic Winter Games will begin here in Vancouver. I am one of the few people who actualy seems to be excited about this amazing event being held here. Most of us have very few chances in life to experience a world-wide event. I have always been one of those people who enjoys being in the middle of an exhilarating experience. One of the things on my list that I would love to do one day is to attend New Year's Eve in Time's Square, New York City. We can choose to spend our lives sitting on the sidelines, being spectators, or we can choose to participate in life. At the end of the day, we should have no regrets -- coulda, woulda, shoulda. Bring it on...!
A large aspect of the Winter Olympics will be the wonderful cultural events from January 22 to March 21, featuring the best artists and musicians from Canada and around the world. There will be dozens of events every day, and the kick off today will feature Canada's own Joni Mitchell. Starting on February 4th there will be a spectacular laser light show over English Bay. 20 robotic searchlights will create a canopy of light in the night sky above and on the surface of English Bay below with designs created by people around the world and delivered via the Internet. Called Vectorial Elevation, it is the first time this work of art will be displayed in Canada and over a body of water. The installation - considered one of the world's largest interactive artworks - is by Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and is part of CODE, the Cultural Olympiad's Digital Edition. The 10,000-watt lights will move and create patterns silently from locations in Vanier Park and Sunset Beach that cover an area of 100,000 square metres and be visible within 15 kilometres of the city's downtown core, stretching to Richmond, Cypress and Grouse mountains and freighters and boats on the water.
Today I plan to see the exhibit of Ansel Adams photographs, which is part of the cultural events starting today. It doesn't get any more exciting than that -- well, except perhaps for Time's Square in New York City on New Year's Eve.
Have a fabulous day, everyone.