Category Archives: science

Dormant Death Saprophyte

Rains awaken dormant death spore under decaying leaves emerging disguised as mature Amanita family saprophyte.

Awakened by rains dormant death spore under decaying leaves emerges disguised as mature Amanita family
saprophyte awaiting foolish mushroom pickers.

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In forest a dormant spore under decaying leaves until recent rains death awaits disguised as this mature Amanita family saprophyte awaiting those foolish enough to pick and eat it.

Mushroom looks innocent enough viewed from this angle where what is left of its shroud or skirt on the long stem is not visible as warning that it belongs to famous family responsible for most poisonous fungi toxin deaths.

Although the exact name of this member is not known to me, I know that it is best to leave this saprophyte I saw last Sunday in an Eastern Townships forest alone.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DORMANT”.

Frozen Soil

Winter season already frozen soil and light snow dusting doesn't stop work at Dollard-des-Ormeaux construction site.

Construction work continues despite Winter season already frozen soil and light snow dusting.at Dollard-des-Ormeaux community center extension site.

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Construction continues at site despite Winter season and light snow dusting on already frozen soil, work must be done to complete the Dollard-des-Ormeaux community center extension on time.

The scene depicts construction work that continued right through last Winter and only completed a few months ago resulting in more valuable space available for community events for Dollard residents as well as entire West Island.

The extension built  grafted to the existing community center structure and looks like it was there always yet it’s only this year that they completed it on time and within budget.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SOIL”

Flimsy Front Wheel

Small "Épervier" aircraft flimsy front wheel seems very fragile too delicate withstanding any real pressure or weight.

Flimsy front wheel of miniature, custom-built, computer designed, propeller driven aircraft seems very fragile, delicate looking, something guaranteed falling apart when real pressure or weight applied.

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Flimsy front wheel of this miniature, custom-built, computer designed, propeller driven aircraft seems a very fragile, delicate looking, something guaranteed to fall apart when subjected to a bit of pressure or weight and yet it defies such thinking because it works.

The “Épervier” or Sparrowhawk is the product of 12 Université de Sherbrooke engineering students who within a period of 3 years designed, built, and successfully flew in the skies of Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

In 2006 these students accomplished their dream, own creation as their submission in attaining their bachelor of mechanical engineering degrees.

Their small aircraft’s first flight on February 23, 2009, exactly three years when they started project, corresponded to the 100th anniversary of the famous Silver Dart’s first Canadian flight, a deadline they purposely set and managed to pull off despite practically very little knowledge in designing and building aircraft.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”WHEEL”.

Bumble Bee Approved Blossom

Mountain Cornflower is Bumble Bee approved and loved attractive, robust, invasive, weedy, high yield nectar producing plant.

Knapweed “Mountain Cornflower” is a Bumble Bee approved blossom known for abundant nectar produced that naturally attracts many insect pollinators such as bees.

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This Mountain Cornflower (Centaurea Triumfettii) is a Bumble Bee approved blossom known for abundant nectar produced which naturally attracts many insect pollinators such as bees.

Centaurea Triumfettii is a plant belonging to genus Centaurea herbaceous species of thistle-like flowering plants from the Asteraceae family of knapweeds that are very robust and tend to dominate adjoining areas of landscapes where they grow, I know this from personal experience in our backyard flower garden.

When these are in blossom in May I’ve noticed a lot of insects like bees including the Bumble Bee regularly visiting and extracting the high nectar content meanwhile, picking up pollen however, another insect I don’t like or want also visits in abundance,  ants including the black carpenter ants.

Squarrose Knapweed is another name used to describe this  herbaceous perennial plant growing 30–60 centimetres (12–24 in) high and its flowers normally last until August.

As my picture shows, its inner flowers are bright purple while the outer ones azure blue or deep mauve, a very attractive combination then again, many very common invasive weeds also have similar attributes going for them as experience has shown.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BLOSSOM”.

Clone Order 151XD

Six clones execute Republic Grand Army Order 151XD after time wormhole transport to 2017 Montreal Prix celebrations.

Six identical looking automatons infiltrate 2017 Montreal Prix celebrations following Republic Grand Army Clone Order 151XD, a scouting mission for future Earth conquest.

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Six identical looking automatons infiltrate 2017 Montreal Prix celebrations executing Republic Grand Army clone order 151XD, their special mission to blend in unnoticed in the festivities while preparing Earth’s invasion.

After positioning themselves on platform of their starship’s time warp machine, a wormhole window, transported the clone crew to their precise destination into the universe’s past.

The Republic Council wary of certain inaccuracies existing in their massive data base regarding the planet’s vulnerabilities and defenses sent their clone scout crew to carefully investigate and verify known information afterwards return home for consultation, more instructions and preparation.

Eons earlier, sophisticated fake news systems hazed reality enough that even the Republic’s super sophisticated trinano-quantum servers couldn’t distinguish fact from fiction creating the need for clone order 151XD mission.

Unknown to our advanced clone crew, Canada, the province of Quebec, and Montreal, are already infested by secret alien entities involved in controlling Canadian society through a treacherous banking system abetted by powerful fake news and propaganda media network supporting their agents to corrupt government.

The aliens usurped fiscal and political power through cunning deceit enslaving millions of citizens to a wicked international banking cartel system remotely accessed and run by several mother ships scattered over the globe, the nearest and most influential one located deep in New York City.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”ORDER”.

Ready To Catapult

Ready to catapult, Fiat 124 Abarth's engine and transmission deliver very respectable, enjoyable performance for price.

Ready to catapult, Fiat 124 Abarth Spider’s capable engine and excellent transmission allows it to accelerate to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds topping at 143 mph.

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Ready to catapult, Fiat 124 Abarth Spider‘s capable engine and excellent transmission allows it to accelerate to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds reaching a top speed of 143 mph without working up a sweat.

Although it doesn’t dust its competitors it can however, maintain a desirable clip keeping up very well with the rest of the pack while delivering very respectable, enjoyable performance and smooth ride for its price.

This car is a hybrid combination of Fiat’s famous Italian styling and turbocharged engine melded with equally famous Japanese engineering from the folks who make the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car its only true competitor in its class, an awesome mix.

The car pictured is one exhibited on Crescent Street that I saw last year during the annual Montreal Grand Prix weekend.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CATAPULT”.

Primed To Detonate

Pile of lethal primed to detonate WWII  high explosive bombs rest below Canadian Lancaster heavy bomber.

Pile of lethal primed to detonate WWII steel cased high explosive bombs rest below vintage Canadian Lancaster heavy bomber used over Europe.

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Pile of lethal primed to detonate WWII steel cased high explosive bombs rest below a vintage Canadian Lancaster heavy bomber display inside the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

During that war these types of bombs as well as many other specially built types used in the air war bombing campaign over Europe to destroy Hitler’s Nazi war machine.

During one of my visits to this excellent museum I saw this interesting pile of aerial bombs underneath that British designed large bomber and took these pictures.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is a fantastic place to visit, view, and photograph the many wonderful historical exhibits inside the huge structure when in Ottawa.

It is time well spent with family, friends, or even on your own learning about international aviation history and Canada’s excellent contribution to it.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DETONATE”.

AI Visual Impression

AI affects us through its strong visual impression on our mind making things seem so vividly real.

AI affects us first through its strong visual impression on our mind making things seem so real we feel it truly genuine.

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AI today affects us first through its strong visual impression on our mind making things seem so real we feel it genuine because it tricks our mind into believing it.

A computer program or set of programs creates visual representations of familiar everyday things we associate with so vividly that we can almost grab it, smell it, or taste it.

My picture depicts a scene from last year’s Montreal annual Grand Prix weekend, the “driver” wears an Oculus head coupled with the seat he is sitting in, steering wheel, pedals, and an LCD 4K screen out in front makes him feel he is driving a real racecar down a track.

He is living in an alternate world, which seems so real with his senses stimulated heck, he sees the track, hears the sound of the engine and noises normally associated with racing formula cars moreover, his mind remains occupied because unexpected obstacles appear suddenly on the track requiring him to stay alert and his quick reflex action to avoid them.

The driver senses everything that normally would be there except for the air resistance, the breeze, as his racer zooms along that famous track.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”IMPRESSION”.

Technical Collaboration

Technical collaboration in sharing know how by technology companies at 2016 Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show shown.

Technical collaboration in sharing know how is very evident in picture from SME 2016 Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show in Place Bonaventure.

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Knowledge management or KM is synonymous with and part of technical collaboration very evident in this picture from SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) 2016 Montreal Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show in Place Bonaventure.

Visitors to this show benefited from the “know how” of new advances in their industry because representatives of many different international companies were available to exhibit their technologies providing potential customers “real-time” views of their hardware and technologies in action.

Additionally, their “captive” audience had opportunity to try out things and ask a lot of questions about equipment and related accessories regarding how it may give their companies a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

It was a win-win situation because by sharing technology information exhibitors had more sales while their clients benefited from acquiring the technologies as well as having trained employees because this event also provided access to lectures and specialized training by professional engineers and experts as follow-up with the new bought equipment.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”COLLABORATION”.

Pond Squiggly Reflecting

Breeze skims pond water creates ripples and overhanging lilies cause squiggly reflecting long shadows on sunlit blue surface.

Slight breeze skims pond surface creates ripples while overhanging lilies cause squiggly reflecting shadows on sunlit navy blue water.

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A slight breeze skimming over pond surface creates ripples while lilies overhanging it cause squiggly reflecting long dark shadows on navy blue water bathed by bright late afternoon sun.

This scene happened several years ago near a small man-made pond out in the mountains of the Quebec Eastern Townships near the small town of Georgeville where I was visiting.

As it always happens once a lake or pond is created Mother Nature gives a helping hand decorating the fringes of the body of water with a myriad of different grasses and other plants providing locals such as small frogs, snakes, and salamanders a place to hide out waiting for their prey.

It also becomes home for various insects that lay their eggs on or near the water to hatch and fly around perhaps becoming pests to humans meanwhile, also providing a source of food for the frogs, that sometimes end up as dinner for snakes or animals such as raccoons etc.

I took this interesting picture the moment I saw those wonderful shadow patterns melding with the tiny ripples propagating across the pond’s water.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”REFLECTING”.