“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.”
Roy T. Bennett
This summer we enjoyed a visit to beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada. My first thought when I saw this week’s Shine Challenge was our nighttime view of the harbor far below the picture window and outdoor deck of our high-rise rental. Each evening it welcomed us back with its shining blue lights while the convention center windows below reflected perfectly on the dark waters.
“Better to illuminate than merely to shine.”
The shot above is the same scene at daybreak the following morning as Vancouver’s first cruise ship enters its berth. The floating hotels came and went most every day, filling the streets with tourists and visitors. Interestingly, we learned that Vancouver is a very popular location for Canadians, such that rental properties are extremely scarce. Short-term rentals like ours are almost impossible to find due to serious zoning restrictions.
“People are like stars in the night sky, all are not equal, but still, everyone shines.”
Joe Mari Fadrigalan
From our lofty location we also had a view of Vancouver’s Lookout Tower, the highest point in the city. Sitting atop the Harbour Centre, Vancouver’s tallest building, it also houses a revolving restaurant. – not for the faint of heart or those with a fear of heights!
“Like Sun, from the East, may you continue to rise, smile and shine.”
Ogwo David Emenike
Beyond its role as a tourist mecca, Vancouver is also an important commercial port, Canada’s largest, a portion of which is shown above. From our vantage point, we looked left to the passenger ships and right to the commercial dock for cargo ships and its outbound railroad tracks. Our birds-eye-view kept us entertained quite nicely when we weren’t out and about exploring the city.
“Shine like the whole universe is yours.”
Finally, lest we think Vancouver’s harbour has no room for the whimsical, I captured a pair of colorful houseboats fronting its highrise skyline. If you ask me, they shine just as brightly as their surroundings.
Here’s wishing you a week filled with shining light – especially within 🙂.