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Highrise and shine!

March 17, 2016
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Vancouver’s dull downtown skyline; just add sunrise and stirring it becomes!

At 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, the bland curtain wall highrises of Vancouver’s Downtown Business District looked achingly beautiful from where I stood on Alder Street, just half a block south of West Broadway Avenue.

Sunrise did most of the work. Against the cool blue backdrop of the North Shore mountains and a sky dabbed with puffs and strands of white and grey cloud, the first strong light flashed over the eastern horizon. It raked the buildings and landed dazzling broadsides, which set glass and steel ablaze with points of specular fire.

Such a spectacle is a matter of degree and temporary at best. In a few minutes the sun had risen high enough that it could only glance down at the city and instead turned its full attention on the rest the world.

Out from under the direct glare, the nondescript highrises stood a little less tall but remained admirable all the same, at least in their profitability. Click to image to enlarge it.

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