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Thursday, January 2, 2014

These skies are gay, not grey

 Photos copyright 2008 Kay Davies and Richard Schear


So, this isn't Sochi, Russia, it's Moscow, with beautiful blue skies and no talk of anyone's preferences one way or the other or not.
Unfortunately, some world-class athletes will be in Russia very soon, and their personal preferences stand to be called into account and perhaps punished.

I am very grateful to have seen Russia. We enjoyed meeting its people in a year when everyone seemed to be happily headed toward peace and democracy. We were there in 2008, and wept with the Russian people when, shortly after we arrived home, a plane carrying the entire men's hockey team from the city of Yaroslavl crashed after takeoff. The one survivor died within days. Lost in the crash were many non-Russians, including Canadians.

Yes, we did come home glad we had seen Russia and met its people. Now many Canadians and citizens of other countries are worried about Olympic athletes. Let us hope our worries are for naught, and blue skies shine over the Games.

Posted for Skywatch Friday

12 comments:

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and colorful monument.

Kay said...

I'm so glad you went before all the terrorism that's in the news right now. These are such gorgeous photos! The colors are amazing!

Oman said...

Russia fascinates me. Hope to go there someday :)

eileeninmd said...

Lovely scenes and skies from Russia! Thanks for sharing! Have a happy weekend!

retriever said...

Lovely sky, here Belgium grey,
Happy New Year.

Mara said...

Hear hear!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love that building, always have, in movies and photos.......I suspect one of my former lifetimes was spent in Russia, though I tend to believe it was in a Siberian prison camp, hee hee, given the karma I carry around. How amazing to have been there at that time and to have mourned with the Russian people. I hope all athletes are safe in Sochi as we have had more than enough horrible events already.

It occurs to me to tell you about a documentary I watched the other day called Second Chance about an Ironman athlete who was in a near fatal car crash, told she would likely never walk, never mind compete, again, and who within a year placed third in an Ironman competition. She lived in Penticton and a lot of the filming was done there. It was kind of cool though were I to have had her injuries I would have considered it a Free Pass to lie on the couch watching movies. Cackle.

RedPat said...

Gorgeous shots, Kay!

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful shots! We were in St. Petersburg several years ago...Russia is a fascinating...and a little bit scary country to visit. I certainly felt the repression...there was a dreariness in general, when not at the spots filled with tourists...

Laura said...

Beautiful photos… like a fairytale.

Nisha Jha said...

So colorful monument! I love that building, never been there but one day I will surely make it.

Thanks for sharing the bright side of it.

Nisha - Le Monde-A Poetic Travail

Powell River Books said...

What beautiful buildings. - Margy