First, congratulations to Yogi for one year of holding down the responsibilities inherent in a host position at Skywatch Friday. Way to go, Yogi.
And speaking of hosting, there are mixed feelings everywhere about Russia hosting the Winter Olympics, with the opening ceremonies today.
When we were in Russia in 2011, there was a feeling of optimism and lightness in the air. Pleasantly surprised, we relaxed and enjoyed the atmosphere, the sights, and the people.
Unfortunately, the leader of the Russian government has become somewhat belligerent in his outlook since then, so optimism and lightness are waning.
Nevertheless, it seems right that this week I should feature Russian skies here on Skywatch Friday, in the hope that all goes well for athletes, audiences, and the foreign media people who are there to keep us informed here in North America.
Photos copyright Kay Davies and Richard Schear, 2011