Category Archives: Sports

Risky Transit

Very risky transit by couple in kayak on wind swept choppy "white cap" water of Lake Saint Louis in September.

Couple’s very risky transit in kayak on wind swept, choppy, “white cap”, water of Lake Saint Louis on bright,
sunny,  Sunday in September off shore from Stuart Hall in Pte. Claire.

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Kayaker’s very risky transit on wind-swept water of Lake Saint Louis thankfully ended landing on north shore in Pte.Claire, Quebec that bright sunny Sunday in September.

As the photo clearly shows only one occupant of the small watercraft is wearing a life preserver while paddling on open, choppy, “white cap’ populated, already cold, deep, water  perfect for hypothermia.

I watched this couple from Stuart Hall on north shore taking this long-range digital image as they paddled towards shore on picture’s hidden right side near where a picturesque old Catholic church stands at top end of a small crescent-shaped bay.

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

Nervously Waiting Start

Local Montreal CTV personality nervously waiting his start in famous Montreal Grand Prix tire change contest.

Local Montreal CTV personality nervously waiting his start after woman announcer gives the two competitors final
instruction and notice for famous Montreal Grand Prix tire change contest.

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Local Montreal CTV personality nervously waiting to start, his woman partner smiling back at audience, while woman announcer pitches to crowd near stage of famous tire change contest during recent 2016 Grand Prix weekend.

Many are smiling including the announcer, who gives final instruction and notice to the two competitors at either end of the Formula 1 race car anxiously awaiting the signal that will trigger their start in contest.

Just above their heads on the left, not shown in picture, looms a large overhead digital clock set at zero ready to go.

The pressure is really on because this event is being taped by CTV affiliate, CFCF 12 TV camera woman filming it all for the six o’clock TV audience since one of the contestants represents the company.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo contest:”WAITING”.

Wolff Black Triumph

"Toto" Wolff signature adorns Mercedes-AMG Black Series sedan in triump over company's 2015 products over international rivals.

Signature of “Toto” Wolff head of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, maker of AMG Black Series products 2015 triumph over company’s international rivals both on Grand Prix F1 circuits and city streets.

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“Toto Wolff Montreal 2015 #1” adorns sedans black composite fibre spoiler probably signed following triumph achieved two years ago by Mercedes-AMG over international rivals during the Canadian Grand Prix.

The signer is Torger Christian “Toto” Wolff head of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, commonly known as AMG, the high-performance division wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG headquartered in Affalterbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

That year international sports media and others criticized Mercedes for failing to win in Monaco something that also happened again in 2017 however, undeterred the excellent Mercedes-Benz  team totally wiped out the competition in Montreal on sizzling the hot Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve track on Sunday, June 11.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas blasted to incredible one-two, the Silver Arrows’ a first such amazing combination finish for this year proving once again that “lightening can strike twice in the same place”.

These excellent professionals never gave up despite a poor showing earlier in Monaco and intense media criticism like last time, winning the Canadian GP again only with a vengeance.

The charcoal grey sedan in my picture appears to be a AMG Black Series “V8 Biturbo” car tested by Motor Trend magazine attaining 0-60 mpg in 3.2 seconds, and doing a quarter mile attaining 129.8 mph in 11.1 seconds.

The Black Series cars available only as 2 door version are street legal although awesomely high-powered with superior handling and traction combined with refinements in aerodynamic design and weight reduction capable of previously mentioned performance.

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

Lucky Taper

Sleek formula 1 race car by Honda named Lucky has taper very evident right up front in at least two places.

British-American Racing Honda formula 1 race car named Lucky exhibited on Peel Street last Friday has taper very evident right up front in at least two places.

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British-American Racing Honda formula 1 car Lucky exhibited on Peel Street in Montreal during last Friday lead up to the famous Grand Prix race shows evident taper right up front in at least two places.

The sleek car named Lucky perhaps, because it was fortunate in winning a race or maybe just to ensure that it had everything covered regarding any superstitions that would have prevented it to be in the winning circle who knows!

I was lucky last Friday morning to have great weather for my visit to the Grand Prix warm up festivities going on downtown and discovered how the whole scene was different this year perhaps, owing to certain tragic world events.

It was slightly overcast making it perfect for pictures like this one also it was moderately warm just the way I hoped it to be, finally when I arrived at the scene the crowds still had not showed up making things almost ideal.

This year compared to my last visit Peel Street added as another sealed off venue for exhibits including a large go-cart track and several virtual reality car race kiosks as well as a type of theater where you take your seat facing a huge screen and experiencing the feel inside a formula car meanwhile, viewing actual race footage taken by a multitude of professional drivers in actual Grand Prix races.

Loud surround sound and seat vibrations felt mimicking being inside a formula car while its wheels traveled over race track surfaces.

The experience while sitting in your seat made for a very exciting time particularly when coupled and synchronized with viewing on that big screen out in front of you, actual tires and car debris tearing off and flying around following a crash by cars into walls or each other made it so real that it was scary!

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

Tight Uniform

Women wearing tight bright red stretch fabric Chrysler logoed uniform and matching cherry red stilettos sells cars.

Attractive women wearing a tight uniform with Chrysler’s logos printed on bright red stretch fabric and matching cherry red stiletto type shoes sell cars.

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Selling cars today requires wearing a tight uniform with the company’s logos printed on bright red stretch fabric and matching cherry red stiletto type shoes.

Other likely very important requirements ask that young women representatives are shapely and good-looking with blond hair, have a nice smile, and a pleasant personality when dealing with visitors asking about Chrysler products during last year’s 2016 annual Montreal Grand Prix weekend.

Talking about tight uniforms, I bet the individuals dressed in those two “mascot” outfits, as Lipstick and Dinosaur certainly must have had their challenges walking around all day on Crescent Street.

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

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”.

Slide Zip

Cold February 2015 ensured Montreal festival's slide a very slippery track surface to zip toboggan at high speed.

Montreal en Lumiere winter festival’s fast, twisting, ice slide would zip plastic toboggan with passenger down track at  high speed as picture depicts.

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Two years ago weather for the Montreal en Lumiere winter festival’s fast, twisting, ice slide would zip a plastic toboggan and passenger down the track at high-speed as depicted in the picture.

February is usually a bitter, cold month with lots of wind ideal for ice tracks like this one ensuring a very slippery surface and coupled with gravity helps a toboggan or similar transporter move along at a good clip down the slide.

This particular day in February 2015 was very cold and bright and I remember seeking shelter at the nearby Place Complexe Desjardins shopping mall to warm up my hands and face to avoid suffering the effects of frostbite moreover, my digital camera needed warming up too because battery power seemed to fade after a lengthy exposure to the extreme cold outside.

That day I also carried extra batteries to ensure my camera would work and this paid off during the course of my shoot that provided lots of interesting images some that have made their way onto this blog.

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

Devilishly Clear Symbiosis

Devilishly clear symbiosis between lovely Just for Laughs devilette and racing fan during Montreal Grand Prix weekend.

Devilishly clear symbiosis exists between these two lovely visitors to Crescent street during 2016 annual Montreal Grand Prix weekend.

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A devilishly clear symbiosis exists between these two lovely visitors to Crescent street during the annual Montreal Grand Prix weekend as depicted in this digital image I took while enjoying the excitement this event brings to car racing fans each year.

The cute devilette is a member of the “Just for Laughs” troupe that invaded the street last year to encourage visits to the great comedy events this company puts on all year-long featuring home-grown and internationally known famous comedians.

If you are wondering what’s wrong with this picture perhaps, fearing your vision may be failing fear not because your eyesight is fine and it’s only some devilishly clever photo editing happening here for effect.

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

Atop Crescent

Atop Crescent looking down from Sherbrooke street a wall of Grand Prix fans and international visitors filled famous street.

Atop Crescent looking down from Sherbrooke street muscle cars , automotive related paraphernalia , radio station outposts,  liquid refreshment concoctions exhibits lined both sides of street.

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Atop Crescent looking down from Sherbrooke street west towards Rene Levesque boulevard at the south end, a wall of Grand Prix fans and international visitors filled this famous street.

Muscle cars, automotive related upgrade paraphernalia including lubes and oils, radio stations outposts, liquid refreshments including beers and energy concoctions, famous brand expensive cars dealers, and fast “food” exhibits lined the street on both sides.

Fronting the exhibits beautiful young women hosts smiled and tried to be helpful to passersby interested in the variety of products they represented meanwhile, nearby popular radio hosts working in their outposts  interviewed visiting celebrities and a few wide-eyed fans meanwhile, playing popular music and commercials on the airwaves for their city audiences.

I digitally captured this image after strolling up Crescent from Saint Catherine street about a block up from Rene Levesque boulevard and reaching Sherbrooke street where it all ends.

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

Defensive Blur

Goalie is defensive blur as are his two defense-men protecting their net from opposition center-man.

Goalie is defensive blur protecting his net from opposition player racing in followed by two blurred defencemen trying to stop him.

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Goalie is defensive blur as are his two defencemen protecting their net from opposition centerman, who overshot the net and slows down before hitting retaining ice rink wall.

The opposition hockey player, probably a centerman, wearing Boston Bruins colors, zoomed in at high-speed trying to score instead overshoots the net while two defencemen try to take him out.

The two defense-men desperately try to take the puck away from him however, he was just too quick and ended up behind the net after slowing down at last moment so as not to slam into the rink wall.

I witnessed this play at the local municipal arena a couple of years ago when these juniors played an  exciting tournament game where both hockey teams were literally flying, skating high-speed end to end trying to score on each other all afternoon.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BLUR”