12 August 2008

Talk about inspirational!!!

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The Confucious part of the opening ceremony



just took my breath away



Look at the costumes



Amazing



Awe – inspiring




The concentration





The Colour




The spectacle


Enlightening


Uplifting


The sheer ehuberance


The synchronicity



The joy
The pride
People power at its best





This epic brought me to tears.

24 comments:

Sharon said...

I am so glad you posted these pictures. The whole of it just blew me away with disbelief. I kept thinking about the "vision" that the artist who dreamed it up must have had. I sat in awe.

dede warren said...

I'm with you, I was completely moved. The whole thing was art from beginning to end, just loved it!

gina armfield said...

great shots and yes jaw dropping,heart stirring and soul moving don't say enough

stephanie t. said...

Un freakin' believable! I watched it on a big screen with the kids. We were blown away! The colors!!

I'm off the blogs for a bit here...to get some things finished, but mostly to be able to stay up late with the kids watching the swimming events. We are a BIG swim family...and after meeting Phelps and Coughlin last summer, even moreso.

LOve the shots you posted here...I can't imagine the impact it watching it from the stands!! LIke Cirque du Soleil!

Karen Cole said...

I feel so much better knowing you were watching with me and thinking the same. I was just BLOWN AWAY. I wanted to start making patterns in everything.

I am just amazed at so many people working together. It makes my heart feel so much lighter.

Sharon Manning said...

Every four years I think to myself, how are they going to better the last opening ceremony. Beijing blew me away! And when you think about it 4 years is a long time when you talk about technology, art, gosh just the way we do things changes so damn fast. I'm with you I was mesmerised and so were my children!

Ro Bruhn said...

They certainly know how to put on a spectacle. Image the hours of work and number of people required to complete all those phenomenal costumes. The Confucious costumes reminded me of layer upon layer of fine tissue paper. Just divine.

Kim said...

The confusion costumes make me want to run down to my basement and start pulling out my dyes...

linnea-maria said...

Ive been sitting here reading your wonderful blog and watching your fantastic art. Love that book about the chinese boy. Its very inspiring. I've recently started working with vintage scrapbooking and collages. All the years ive been collecting its and bitses and rusty things and just putted them were I had place for them. Im gathering them now to make something from myself. It will be interesting what will come out. Have a lovely day /linnea-maria

redness said...

Speechless, breathtaking, you captured it so beautifully, so awesome. Gorgeous post, Thank YOU!

Sam Marshall said...

Yes- truly spectacular!!!

lindaharre said...

YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES.........the imagination is an awesome thing:D

Diane said...

These pictures are absolutely incredible. It took me a moment to close my mouth. So beautiful & so moving. Thank you very much for posting these.

ginny said...

Wow, your photo essay really captured the moments. It was amazing.

seth said...

Spectacular images of a jaw-dropping spectacle. Thanks for the reminder.

Suzanne said...

where were you able to get these photos?

Tiglizzyclone said...

I did not get to see this part of the Olympics. Thanks for the view. It really must have been beautiful. The photographs are beautiful.

Leslie said...

These images are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them. They did such a wonderful job with the opening ceremony; I couldn't pull myself away from the television!

katie said...

amazinG!! i happened to phone home from AU while this was going on - in my own world and oblivious to the fact that the Olympics were beginning. Walter picked up the phone so excited about what he was seeing it was like he was in a daze -he just kept saying "you've GOT to see this, it's AMAZING, turn on the TV." well 5 minutes later i did but that part was over and the parade of nations had begun. i need to check out youtube and see if I can find a video of it online...it looks incredible - thanks for sharing images here and reminding me.

you were missed at AU - look forward to seeing you in Portland!

kecia said...

thanks for sharing that Judy. i missed it since i was away at Valley Ridge. it looked like it was beautiful. sorry i didn't get to see it. also, i'll have to try and find you a bottle of pomegrante martini for artnsoul, but only if you'll have a drink with me! i added you to the survey at Valley Ridge - for teachers we would like to see come there. the place is beautiful.
xoxo kecia

Lost Aussie said...

Awesome pictures and a great tribute to a fabulous event.

Barbe Saint John aka Saints & Sinners® said...

beautiful!!! I wish I could see it in person and touch it all

Lynn said...

Wow!!!

shabby*girl said...

Oh my gosh, this is incredibly beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Missy