Sunday, July 26, 2009

Celebration of Light Fireworks

Every year they have a fireworks competition at English Bay in Vancouver. Representatives of several countries put on a display of fireworks from a barge in English Bay. Thousands gather on the shore to watch. The fireworks are set to music.

Last night my wife and I were there for the second entrant, South Africa. It was sunny when we got there at 5 PM (people go early to get a good viewing spot) and through 7 PM by which time we had done the NY Times saturday crossword and had our picnic lunch. Then it started to rain and a lightning storm moved in. Below is a pic of Mrs. Marconius and I looking like drowned rats hiding under our blanket.


And here is a video of some of the lighning strikes before the fireworks, one during the fireworks and finale of the fireworks.






In spite of getting as wet as drowned rats, it was a lot of fun. Fireworks and music go well together.

Tin, if you've ever been to one of these, I hope it brings back memories!

9 comments:

GarethI said...

That looks amazing, especially the lightning against the red sky.

On fireworks more generally, when I was picking a date to visit my mate and his girlfriend in Ottawa a few years ago, Amy said "We have a huge fireworks display on Canada Day." Thus settling that question…

tincanman said...

Doesn't a South African fireworks show start off black, go white for 50 years, then go black again?

tincanman said...

I grew up in the Ottawa area Gareth

goneforeign said...

Marco, that last one was great, thanks for shooting and posting it, but even better is the picture of Mr & Mrs Marco, I've added it to my Spill file. I'm always amazed by what we all look like so I collect any posts with pictures on 'em, I once even considered doing a post where I'd ask everyone to contribute a picture so we could photoshop a group picture of us all.

GarethI said...

Really, Tin? Where? Pete and Amy were living in a downtown apartment block at the time – it was very handy for walking into town and the market. The fruit and veg on sale there was mouthwatering. Tomatoes that tasted of tomato, that sort of thing.

tincanman said...

We were in Nepean (a southwest suburb, the moved to Smiths Falls about a 45-min drive further west.

I have brothers in Carlton Place and Brockville so I get back every few years.

Ottawa is a wonderful city. If it wasn't for the winters, it'd be twice the size.

ejaydee said...

I love fireworks, but I noticed a crucial cultural difference. In France, people "oh" and "ah", whereas in Vancouver they "wooh". I like how the lightning is almost a prelude to the real show.

Japanther said...

great videos! the lightning was impressive and the fireworks were ace too.

It is fireworks season in Japan at the moment, there is a big display from a stadium right near the flat at the start of August and we usually have a fireworks party and watch from the balcony, but i've gotta work this year, so no party and Mrs J will have to ohh and ahh on her own (BTW Ejay, it's oohing and ahhing in Japan too, but in a subdued polite way, of course!)

Marconius7 said...

Tin, you wrote that "Ottawa is a wonderful city. If it wasn't for the winters, it'd be twice the size."

If it wasn't for the government, it would be half its size! lol

BTW: If you want to see the full 24 minute firework display a lot clearer than my little videos and with better audio of the music, visit: http://www.globaltvbc.com/video/index.html?releasePID=ck09bcSnI9FWUWnbx1ZBMRSLoKZhiOPs - It's from the TV station I work for.