Being here for winter makes me more appreciative of one of the best parts of the winter holidays. I think the best one is Christmas lights in odd places a country girl just wouldn’t expect: strings of lights on people’s balconies, on really tall cedar trees in their yards, on cranes building high rises. It beings a happiness to the dark evenings and cold nights. Seeing all this here among snowy roofs and sidewalks is even better.
Through the 22nd, the Vancouver Aquarium wants to show us another kind of light all together – the light in the sea. This year, they have a neat chart about how light changes color under the depth of the ocean. They also have engineered the surge of power from electric eels to light up a series of folded-paper jelly fish that hang from the (soon to be new again) old entry hall. It’s a neat thing to see. Rare is the chance to see a manifestation of nature’s power in our own, human terms.
There’s also some amazing work with lighting the more colorful of ocean creatures. Some of them, like this anemone, live right here off the BC coast.