Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Highlights from My Pre-Olympic Photo Wheel

Filed under: Vancouver Winter Games — by at 8:34 pm on Thursday, January 28, 2010

Olympic Winter Games 2010 ccountdown clock in downtown Vancouver

Yesterday Darrell and I unplugged from our computers and headed out for a photo wheel – a photo walk on wheels, of course! – to capture signs the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2010 are, indeed, coming to Vancouver!

The first stop was, naturally, the countdown clock. At that moment, the Olympics officially begin in 16 days, 4 hours, 39 minutes and 49 seconds, precisely!

Paralympic Winter Games 2010 ccountdown clock in downtown Vancouver

On the opposite side, which many people likely don’t check and, hence, miss, is the countdown clock for the Paralympics – one of the very few signs I spotted that the Paralympics are also coming to Vancouver, but I’ll save that rant for another post! These segregated games begin in 44 days, 4 hours, 32 minutes and 42 seconds.

Paper lanterns by Taiwanese children hanging from metal tree forms in public art display

These lantern trees were made by Taiwanese children for the Taiwanese art display – part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Looking up at these paper lanterns drawn by children half a world away, I realized these Games are touching millions of people around the globe. And, despite the protests, the budget overruns, the road closures and other annoyances, for better or for worst, these two world events are going ahead. We might as well as enjoy the party while it lasts – the bill will come soon enough. This is our chance to show off to the world what we, the locals, already know: Vancouver and surrounding area is the best city to live in!

Canadian huge a in wrapped Vancouver downtown building

Who says Canadians aren’t patriotic, eh?

I like how this downtown building is wrapped in a gigantic Canadian flag.

My husband Darrell Hyatt

My lunch date! Ain’t he handsome?

I love spending time with him, being with him. We can talk for hours – and we do! – about ideas we have, projects we want to create, and whatever else is on our minds.

A golden eagle sculpture paintedThis last photo is my favourite from the day. I learned nighttime photography with a slower shutter speed and jerky cerebral palsy are not the best of friends. But, after several shots and extreme patient (by both myself and my husband), I finally had an amazingly clear photo of this eagle sculpture – part of the Eagles in the City project by the Lions Club Society.

Determination and perseverance do pay off!

Visit Flickr for many more shots from the photo wheel.

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Comment by Loree

January 29, 2010 @ 7:16 am

Thanks for sharing the photos Glenda! Cool to see. My fave was the flag wrapped on the building, very cool and quite the undertaking to put up I bet.

Comment by Kathy Drewien

January 31, 2010 @ 9:35 am

Your photos brought to mind the excitement we felt when Atlanta was host to the Olympic games in 1996. My friend who lives in Vancouver, Alan Mah, has even more excitement. His children are competing in the gymnastic events.

Comment by Ute-S

January 31, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

I like your photos! They show me a bit of a part of the world I cannot visit because of distance.
Regarding your last photo: Professional photographers would use a tripod for slower shutter speed. While a traditional large tripod might be difficult to handle while sitting in a wheelchair, have a look for “Gorillapod”. It’s a light-weight 6-inch-tripod with bendable legs. Maybe you can clutch that to the armrest of your scooter, so that there’s no need to hold the camera. (This is no advertisement. I’ve seen it in an online shop and plan to buy one myself.)

Comment by Glenda

February 2, 2010 @ 11:23 am

Yes Loree, the building wrapped in the Canadian flag is cool! So bold! I wish they could leave it up.

Comment by Glenda

February 2, 2010 @ 11:24 am

How exciting, Kathy! Now I have some names to cheer for!

Comment by Glenda

February 2, 2010 @ 11:34 am

Thanks Ute, great idea! …and, I actually have a Gorillapod mounted to my scooter and was using it. But, with my cerebral palsy, I press the button too hard and the whole camera still moves. It takes much concentration to control my arm enough to lightly hit the button. Night time photography with the slower shutter magnifies the camera movement, although the results were kind of cool! The ultimate solution is a DSLR camera with a removed control. One day! 😉

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