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”.
Brown, tan, and black colors on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting perhaps Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.
Brown, tan, and black are colors obvious on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting religious figure perhaps that of Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.
Several years ago after admiring the striking Anglican Gothic Revival architecture of this landmark church located next door to what used to be the old Eaton’s department store on Saint Catherine street I decided to visit it.
The interior of this church as its exterior, is fascinating and historical with all sorts of very interesting artifacts from Montreal’s glorious past moreover, this structure is still functions as active place of worship.
Today the Cathedral is melded with a modern multi-story glass and steel office skyscraper joined at its back-end compared to when it was first erected by wealthy Protestant Montrealers almost 200 years ago.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BLACK”.
Ghoulish scene depicted for Halloween or Hallows Eve Day shows that strange and uncanny things can happen on this particular night.
Hollywood has programmed us that fog, the dark, an evil-looking, diffused, face apparition, and an old house ( haunted obviously) with elongated pointy roof highlighted and looming on a hillside spells horror.
Oh, did I miss lightning, like what they had in that original 1933 Frankenstein movie to really authenticate the scene.
Apparently, they say that haunted places exist in most places in our world and some suggest that they personally have witnessed or seen ghosts or spirits loitering around however, if you personally see one tonight don’t be surprised because after all it is Hallows Eve Day, one day before All Saints Day and two days before All Souls Day!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GHOULISH”.
Mother Teresa’s lifetime work helped dignify all unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout Calcutta such as the naked, poor, hungry, destitute, homeless, sick, crippled, blind, the lepers, all those people considered a burden to Indian society and shunned by it.
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu born Albanian ended up a citizen of India after spending most of her natural life as a missionary working the worst slums in Calcutta helping the poorest of the poor.
She left home at 18 joined the Institute of Blessed Virgin Mary, or Sisters of Loreto, in Rathfarnham, Ireland, where she assumed her new name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux.
After getting her “nom de guerre” Agnes learned some English and transferred to a convent in Darjeeling, India.
While teaching wealthy Calcutta children at St. Mary’s high school she experienced seeing and became distressed by the abject poverty in the area, which made a lasting impression on her.
In 1946 while on a journey God called her to give up everything to follow and serve Jesus Christ into the Calcutta slums amongst the world’s most desperately poor.
Mother Teresa faithfully kept her covenant with the Almighty, despite many doubts about it and hardships, until her death on Sept. 5, 1997, age 87, from a heart attack.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DIGNIFY”.
Glaring gargoyle creature seems to exhibit extreme evil intent as seen on its distorted face looking down at passersby on Saint Catherine Street.
It along with plenty of other unique, malicious looking gargoyles carved into the Gothic Revival facade of Christ Church Cathedral are its guardians against real evil that allegedly stalks the downtown street in Montreal.
This member of a gargoyles army adorning the facade is supposed to scare of evil spirits that may want to enter this Anglican church intent on messing around with its parishioners.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GLARING”.
Two Moslem women wearing hijabs place order for “Halal” meals they savor instead of usual restaurant menu offered because their faith prevents eating food considered “haram”, not permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law.
The scene is Saint Catherine Street on Friday July 14, 2017 during the local merchants street long sale and these two hungry young women sit down at a restaurant’s outdoor terrace, a likely place for a nice meal.
Montreal, a world-class city, is home to many different people and cultures from across the globe therefore, prepared food sourced from almost anywhere can be found including specials like Halal and Kosher, both which in many ways are alike.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SAVOR”.
Image depicts members of folk grunge musical troupe delta, where sax player and the female singer eye each other ready but awaiting their cue to join in with accordian player.
The Nulle Part Nord performed on an outdoor stage last Friday on the eve of the annual Saint Jean Baptiste celebrations in Quebec on Montreal’s West Island despite some dreadful wet weather which dampened the amount of audience participation.
Things started to improve when this motley troupe did their gig which happened to be shortly before the awesome fireworks display that came after perhaps, their music had something to do with it because the rain drizzle that plagued most of the day stopped and the skies cleared up helping to salvage the celebrations.
The sparce audience suddenly grew three-fold delighting the food-truck and other vendors meanwhile, giving Montreal’s finest some work filtering the growing crowd and blocking/limiting road access with police cars to celebrations area.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”DELTA”.
Excited children commit much fun on stage during 2016 Saint Jean Baptiste day celebrations in a borough on Montreal’s West Island singing, clapping their hands, and jumping up and down while their very happy parents nearby watch the whole spectacle.
As my picture shows these small children are clearly enjoying their experience being up on stage with an adult animator-moderator (far top left) encouraging them, and leading the children’s chorus singing all sorts of appropriate songs and engaging them in lively activities designed to make it happy and memorable time.
Some of these little guys seem to be dressed up to mark the occasion wearing hats with French Quebec’s provincial heritage emblem, the fleur-des-lys or simply Québec written across the front in large letters.
Each year on June 24th Quebec celebrates the feast day of its patron saint, John the Baptist, or as they call it in French Quebec, Saint Jean Baptiste however, since the fateful election of the separatist Parti Québécois in the 1970’s the holiday became secular “La Fête nationale du Québec”.
This holiday on June 24th, has reverted to being a state sponsored orgy of excessive boozing, drugs, merry-making, inappropriate behavior, and sex by many reminiscent of similar bygone pagan excesses during the dark past like when Herod imprisoned and martyred John.
Instead of being a respected religious day of peace, visits with family and friends, poignant reflection, prayer, and worshiping God in Church meanwhile, also remembering John’s tragic beheading it is just another secular wild party designed to help the government keep power by doling out tax money on the “fête” activities.
Reasons for this slide towards the Abyss vary however, a lion share of blame falls on an influential, small minority of Quebec atheistic, monied, political elite conspiring with other powerful enemies of the Church to exploit certain sick abuses by a small, perverted minority of Quebec’s Roman Catholic clergy, to help rip away many already aimless, ignorant, uneducated, and weak-willed non-practicing Catholics from the Church.
This is incredible considering that it was the Church that kept it all together for the Québécois since the French defeat at the Plains of Abraham near Quebec City, when France abandoned them to their fate with Protestant England, who could have easily assimilated their culture and deleted their existence.
Since then Quebec has been in a free-fall, its monied, political elites leading the way in Canada towards amoral, immoral, and decadent behavior where human life has become to mean very little anymore replaced instead by an emphasis on material gain and wealth.
As a final reward the “enlightened” converts are guaranteed a cheap cremation of their mortal body remains on the pyre perhaps, to accompany their immortal soul already in the Abyss.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”COMMIT”.
A bright beam of light reflects off top of gold statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and shines while being enveloped by gray overcast sky over the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes chapel on Saint Catherine east in downtown Montreal.
This little known church designed by famous Quebec architect Napoléon Bourassa was built in 1904, that year represented fifty years since the concept of the Immaculate Conception was finally decided on, formally announced, and established as an article of faith by the Roman Catholic Church in Rome.
Viewed from across the street I saw a simple, modest yet beautifully designed church with a large bright golden statue of Mother Mary resting on a world globe one of her feet crushing a serpent representing the devil.
The whole scene crowned the crest of the chapel’s front facade, something that first caught my immediate attention persuading me to checking it out.
Although I have yet to visit this French Canadian church to see its interior I have however, done some research over the Internet that has fascinated me about this “chapel”, which incidentally it shares this sector of Saint Catherine with another what looks like larger church (Saint Jacques) across the street from it.
Both these churches apparently being incorporated into the downtown campus of UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal) and are in the process of being renovated and/or upgraded according to some plan.
According to my simple Internet research, the Our Lady of Lourdes chapel is considered one of the finest works by Mr. Bourassa, who apparently was well-known and respected architect in his time and has an extensive list of works in Quebec and even one in Fall River, Massachusetts USA.
Napoléon Bourassa was also consulted for the Quebec Legislature construction project, helped found the National Art Gallery of Canada with fellow artists because he also was an accomplished artist, taught art, sculpture, and architecture, directed a publication, and dabbled in Quebec politics as V/P of the notorious Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society just to name a few of his accomplishments.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GRAY”.
The gargoyle’s unmistakable brain fry look stares down from the front facade of the Christ Church Cathedral on passersby walking Saint Catherine street west.
This old Anglican Gothic Revival cathedral is located between Union Avenue and University Street next door to the famous old now defunct Eaton’s Department store building.
His “mug’ was just one of many gargoyles that adorn the front of this old Protestant church built on its present site nearly 100 years ago with modifications and restorations happening well up to the early 1980’s.
The gargoyles, grotesque carved faces adorning the church front are advertising signs, visual tokens or marks, reminding medieval illiterate people of evil spirits and monsters that they may encounter outside the church, and how lucky the congregation are when inside because it is the house of God and evil fears entering there.
Gargoyles also serve as ‘guardians’ of church property designed to ward off all evil lurking outside.
Gargoyles became popular during the 13th century as fancy drainage waterspouts incorporated into the Gothic architecture projecting from the structure’s upper facade or its roof gutter helped clear rain water from walls and foundation.
In 1988 the Province of Quebec recognized Christ Church Cathedral as historic, listing it in Patrimoine culturel du Québec, soon followed by Canadian federal government designating this very interesting structure modeled after typical 14th century English Gothic-style churches a national historic site.
In addition to being an architectural jewel, Christ Church Cathedral, also has a history with the Canadian military, the Canadian Grenadier Guards, who claim it their regimental church.
This association is very apparent especially each November 11, Remembrance Day, when members of the Guards march from McGill University’s Arts Building on campus to this church for religious services moreover, the church also houses the Guards’ retired regimental colors.
The gargoyle picture depicted is one that I took last summer 2016, while walking along Saint Catherine towards my metro(subway) station.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FRY”.