In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Early Bird.”
I was an early bird last Sunday travelling east along the wide boulevard downtown approaching a cluster of famous Montreal landmarks. Waiting for the green light at the intersection of Peel street and Rene Levesque boulevard I took out my camera and captured this view.
The time was about six thirtyish and a beautiful day was just beginning. The sun’s intense rays bathed the south side of the Sunlife building in front, on the left, and also Place Ville Marie hovering over in front of it. Mary Queen of the World Cathedral and the Queen Elizabeth Hotel (with the Canadian flag) still remained in the shadows far removed from the glistening bright white cloud formation just East of them. The sun also bathed and warmed the trees of Dorchester Square in front of the Sunlife building some glistening off the windshield of an STM autobus approaching our intersection heading South.
As you can see up ahead, heading East, a lot of the tall buildings as well as some of the smaller ones also enjoyed the sun’s early morning rays that warmed the roadway medians melting the remains of our long, harsh, Winter.
The small graffiti ‘intifada’ depicts an Arab woman wearing a black and white shawl similar to the one the late Yassir Arafat wore when he came to New York and addressed everyone at the UN. It was that familiar black and white weave pattern made famous by Yassir and his PLO which Palestinian activists continue to use today.
I spotted this unique ‘arteesta’ art painted on the concrete base of an electrical utility pole snuggled up to a garage’s outer wall in an alleyway. This utility setup was a combination of a wooden pole set into the ground with a half circle concrete base for two steel pipes anchored into the pole’s side with steel straps. The tiny graffiti was on that concrete base and would normally remain unnoticed because a viewer’ attention would be taken by a large amount of very colorful graffiti on the garage’s outer wall.
Although the large graffiti was colorful and somewhat interesting, I didn’t find it appealing to me enough to use for a blog post although I did photograph it and it was then that I spotted that miniature graffiti.
Feared, popular, Monday 13 cat is back together after six years. Today is April 13, 2015, the 103rd day of the year with only 262 days remaining according to our Gregorian calendar. The last time Monday 13 happened was back in 2009, an Easter Monday in our Gregorian calendar today it is in the Julian calendar, interesting or is it hmm? (Twilight Zone music here)
My two previous blogs discussed the origins of some people’s fear of Friday 13, and also the fear black cats like this one depicted in our picture manifest. Perhaps, the phenomenon can be related to Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat”, or later, to a sensation created back in 1934 when Hollywood’s Universal Pictures released “The Black Cat” horror film starred by two famous classical actors of the genre, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff.
Humans have all sorts of fears related to the unknown, unexplained, beyond their own control, and fear of cats can bring on undue anxiety, sweating, rapid heart beat enough to almost paralyze some. This abnormal fear of the felines called “ailurophobia,” derived from the Greek for cat “ailouros”and fear “phobos”, can be treated with a bit of psychological therapy given by a certified psychologist or psychiatrist.
Are you one of the ‘afraid’?
Fear not folks because our cat (in the picture) is not the ‘evil’ black cat instead, a sweet, gentle, ginger colored tabby photoshopped however, if you are still frightened, then perhaps some psychological therapy may help.
/>to challenge: “Afloat.”
Keeping a drone afloat depends on a powerful battery and little or no air turbulence, such as heavy windgusts in the sky.
The picture above is one I took at the SME sponsored Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show a couple years ago of a small drone created by a company called Solaxis from Bromont, Quebec, Canada. They do 3D printing, scanning, and design of just about everything related in the manufacture of composite projects. The craft’s electronics including its motors are by EIS a large multi-product USA outfit in Atlanta, Georgia.
My next two pictures are of a homemade drone I saw in action and met its creator one late Summer Sunday up in the Eastern Townships. While attending a birthday party I saw the tiny aircraft buzzing around doing complicated maneuvers over a field adjacent to some woods. Once, as I watched, it flew out of sight over some tall trees populating a steep down hill. My first thoughts were that it was lost now however, a few moments later it reappeared zooming back towards its controller-creator.
Later this drone continued flying until suddenly while hovering above the field perhaps thirty yards away it dropped like a rock and crashed behind some tall grasses.
As the last picture shows damage was extensive and it was a write-off. My conversation with the owner revealed that it was afloat for thirty-eight minutes before all power was lost because the battery was dead.
This Montreal ‘Main’ old facade is from an era when this downtown area had by many similar grey stone structures.
This particular building still houses the National Theatre School of Canada and located on Saint Lawrence boulevard nicknamed the “Main”. The nickname was given it because it was and still is a very heavily used famous main street in Montreal.
The “Main” along with rue Saint Catherine were the two principal shopping areas although later rue Saint-Denis and rue Saint Hubert also contributed to the local commerce scene. The later two streets located in the Montreal East end was where the majority Francophone population would do their shopping.
My grey stone is one of the last few remaining old timers in this area because this part of town is rapidly being transmogrified into modern high-tech office space and cultural centers. I took this picture in February when I also made photographs for my Montreal en Lumiere blog post.
This Quebec ‘space cadets’ graffiti is on a wall of a backyard tunnel that exits onto a street.
While exploring rue du Havre, one street over and running parallel with rue Frontenac, I found a small elongated park on its East side and a series of older homes of various type construction, some that have been upgraded-renovated, on the other side of this street.
I was half way up the street going North and approaching rue Hochelaga, when I happened on this small tunnel with the graffiti. After looking it over and finding it quite interesting, I photographed it for this blog post.
For those that have not been to Montreal, Frontenac is a street that runs North-South while Hochelaga runs East-West both are important, heavily used, main streets in the East end.
New graffiti, the ‘austerity capitalism weave’, joins my collection of ‘arteesta’ works adoring walls in Montreal.
Actually folks this is something I created using some real ideological graffiti spotted in the east end of the city. I took the
liberty transmogrifying this ‘art’ that somebody aerosol can stenciled on the formerly nice clean brick, mortar, and cement
wall. The original picture looked a bit too ordinary and boring so I fiddled with my photo editing and got this nice weave image.
The last several years have been tumultuous in Montreal which has experienced scores of demonstrations on the streets, most ideologically driven. Some have turned into riots and the city has had much property damage done. Although there always was some graffiti, it only reached its peak within the last two perhaps three decades most likely imported from the USA where it has plagued cities a lot longer. This particular wall work is related to the Quebec government’s hated austerity program now in swing.
This wall showing an Easter chocolate special graffiti caught my eyes the moment I exited Montreal’s Frontenac metro (subway) station.
I had taken the public transit system to get to this neighborhood in the east end of Montreal to attend Good Friday services at a local church. The moment I exited through the swing door of the metro one of the first things I noticed was a giant white bunny with a bushy tail, pink nose, and big floppy ears. This particular ‘bunny’ wore an “Eat at Joe’s Restaurant” type of billboard announcing a chocolate two for one price sale at a local chocolate store nearby.
Although I tried to get a picture of this guy, I failed because other people got in the way. My picture showed two people obscuring my bunny during split-seconds that the digital camera takes to process the image.
I continued up Frontenac street and soon came across this wall with the graffiti and also the shop that employed the ‘Easter bunny’. I momentarily peeked into the open door of the shop and I saw a small line of customers buying that chocolate obviously having that bunny was profitable.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Blur.”
This jazz guitar duo are a blur because of a malfunction with my digital camera.
These two guys were part of a French speaking band playing a sort of New Orleans type music that was very popular with a large crowd of people. I had a couple of images that ended up blurred that night due to a similar circumstance however, overall my pictures were great.