Canadian hockey legend Ivan Cournoyer speaks to SME members at private luncheon during 2015 Montreal Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show at Place Bonaventure.
Popularly known as the “Road Runner” during his NHL career days playing for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey team Ivan is a successful businessman still involved with his former team and the league.
Still remembered for his hockey Cournoyer is often asked to speak at industry events like this one on topics regarding business and career success.
Ivan is a small guy who played right-wing from 1963 to 1979 however, he was blazingly fast on skates earning him his nickname. He was also 1973 Conn Smythe Trophy winner for being a deadly scorer with a career high 47 goals during the 1971-72 season and participated in the Canadiens winning 10 Stanley cups.
Cournoyer retired prematurely during 1979 season suffering from a 1977 back injury complications causing him great pain however, his legacy includes many Canadiens records for example 968 games played, 428 goals scored, 435 assists ending up 6th highest with 863 total points.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”LEGEND”.
Centered amidst mostly brown dead forest foliage a white mushroom bunch peeks out desperately seeking some sunlight to help it grow.
As for what particular type this bunch is I haven’t a clue although some Googling would probably provide some answers although I can safely assume it is a toxic variety.
I found this fungal growth in the Eastern Townships not far from the cottage and decided to capture it all with my digital camera.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MUSHROOM”.
Swiss Air jet ascend amidst UFOs over Lac Saint Louis off Pte Claire in Montreal’s West Island shows space aliens may routinely visit Earth to assess our technological progress.
Although this photo is photo edited to create a sci-fi scenario something like this can happen one day after our scientists succeed making contact with aliens in our vast unexplored universe.
If there really are aliens out there that can travel the extremely long distances to reach our planet then we can safely assume they are very advanced however, they may not be nice to primitives like us.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”ASCEND”.
Seasonal girlie elegance is very apparent as shopping center female manikin struts her colorful winter wear for passersby busy trying to find the perfect gift for Christmas.
She certainly exhibits the right combination of colors for this time of year red being the predominate one followed closely by shades of green then white, black, and orange.
The scene is the exhibit where Santa’s oversized red throne like chair rests at the local shopping center Montreal’s West Island unfortunately, the jolly old elf is probably still at the North Pole busy readying those gazillions of presents.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ELEGANCE”.
Jolly old elf, Santa Claus is very busy these days interviewing deserved little ones at local shopping centers when he has some time like last Sunday afternoon.
Santa with his trusty reindeer and elves crew have to be fast and efficient preparing all those gazillions of presents to deliver because after all, nice kids all across the globe depend on them.
Santa is very patient when he talks to little kids like this boy about what they would like him to bring them for Christmas.
The old elf has that special touch finding out whether little boys or girls are naughty or nice because they always tell him the truth when he talks to them.
So you have to ask yourself have you been naughty or nice this year because heck, you can’t fool ‘ole Saint Nick!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”JOLLY”.
Descending down hill towards the Eastern Townships mini gorge to witness the heavy flow of the normally feeble stream that had swelled several times its size because of last October’s abundant rains seemed to increase the roar to almost deafening.
This past October was a particularly wet month, which saturated the countryside really raising the ground water level providing this stream’s source with plenty of water.
I was hiking through the forest near the country cottage when I first heard it noticing the sound seemed to emanate from up ahead, over the next hill, so decided to check things out.
After trekking over some hills I arrived at this mini gorge, which contained that rushing stream creating all that noise.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GORGE”.
Visibly very excited, cheeky red squirrel paused again assessing whether hanging around was safe after seeing me appear suddenly out of nowhere.
The scene is in the Eastern Townships on a bright sunny day near the cottage early last November when we met eye to eye after my small trek through some forest.
I had just traveled several kilometers walking through all sorts of terrain, such as rocky hills, valleys, bogs, and evergreen forest when after taking a little rest on a large mossy rock I heard then spotted something moving very quickly.
Almost immediately, I knew it was a red squirrel, probably searching for food like oak tree nuts, darting up one fir-tree, jumping off a long hanging branch onto another tree then scurrying down that tree and across the length of a dead branch on the ground where it noticed me.
I could hear it breathing heavily and chattering very excitedly scolding me meanwhile, trying to decide whether to hang around to observe me some more or make its escape heck, it was comical to watch this little fella in action.
Finally, after what must have seemed eternity for the little rodent its little pea brain kicked in deciding on escape, which was incredibly quick.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”CHEEKY”.
Rushing fresh mountain water sparkle caused by bright autumn day’s sunlight reflection as it travels downhill near country cottage in Eastern Townships.
The dark blue water quickly traveling downhill from its source smashes into large smooth boulders in its way creating white water spray that glistens when it picks up the sun’s bright rays.
Heavy autumn rains this October contributed in delivering the large volume of ground water rushing down hillside towards its final destination, Lake Memphremagog.
The heavy volume of water also made itself noticed by its ever-increasing sound level the closer you got to this creek when compared what it was earlier during this year’s rather dry summer months.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SPARKLE”.
Serene moment commemorating victims of Chornobyl nuclear disaster on April 26, 1986 when Soviet Russian built electrical power plant blew up spewing radioactive isotopes into the atmosphere.
The Chernobyl nuclear power station located some 130 km north of Ukraine’s capital city Kiev and only 20 km from neighboring Belarus had four Soviet-designed RBMK 1000 graphite block reactors sitting near the Pripyat river to provide a cooling source for them.
The design now universally recognized as inherently flawed used enriched U-235 uranium fuel rods to heat cooling water creating steam to power massive turbines generating electrical power for the surrounding cities, towns, and villages including Kiev.
The RBMK-1000 was designed to produce plutonium, probably for the Soviet Union nuclear armament program, and also electric power for industry and lighting.
Criminal negligence by two plant workers and their management triggered a massive hydrogen gas explosion in reactor No.4 that detached a 1,000-ton steel plate covering the reactor’s core starting a chain reaction resulting in a second more powerful blast completely demolishing the reactor and its building.
Furthermore, hot, intensive, burning graphite fires then threatened adjoining reactor No.3 which was still in operation during this time.
We now know the Chernobyl No. 4 reactor contained about 190 metric tons of uranium dioxide fuel and fission products, and about 30 percent of this radioactive stuff escaped carried away by airflow into atmosphere.
Despite the severity of this emergency Moscow continued business as usual pretending nothing was going on meanwhile, the 115,000 residents of Pripyat, the nuclear workers model city, were finally being evacuated about 36 hours later.
Additionally, despite the whole world already knowing about the radioactive plume flowing around the globe Moscow continued their repressive, suppressive ways keeping their own citizens in dark about the disaster going on.
Soviet president Gorbachev and Communist party preferred to keep them ignorant therefore, scheduled May Day celebrations in Kiev, Ukraine were allowed to go on despite radiation deaths to plant workers already having occurred and local mass evacuations going on.
According to some “reliable” sources 28 reactor staff and “liquidators”or emergency workers were dead from radiation and thermal burns within 4 months moreover, there were about 7,000 cases of thyroid cancer in children less than 18 years old from affected areas when it happened.
Radiation is deadly, odorless, tasteless, an invisible killer that silently robs a person’s health eventually terminating life.
My picture depicts priest during a serene moment of silence solemn service at Mary Queen Of The World Cathedral commemorating the Chornobyl Disaster 30th Anniversary in 2016 by Montreal’s Ukrainian community.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”SERENE”.