Category Archives: weekly photo challenge

Waiting In Ambush

WW2 German paratrooper waiting in ambush ready to gun down any enemy soldiers.

WW2 German paratrooper armed with MP-40 machine pistol waiting in ambush ready to gun down any
 enemy soldiers coming into view.

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Waiting in ambush armed with his MP-40 machine pistol WW2 German paratrooper is ready to gun down any enemy soldiers that come into view.

The scene is probably somewhere in Italy perhaps, near Monte Cassino,  where the Allies had fierce battles with all branches of the Hitler’s Nazi armed forces in the famous monastery
ruins.

Another more likely scene would be Otto Skorzeny, commando extraordinary, and his handpicked special paratroopers raiding Italy’s Gran Sasso’s Hotel Campo Imperatore to extract dictator Benito Mussolini from his captors.

This daring raid by crack German paratroopers on the country’s highest peak using gliders remains the best original “mission impossible” based on the extreme difficulty such a operation had to master to save Il Duce from the hands of the Allies.

Our realistic depiction is from an exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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

Pointy Head Structure

Pointy head structure is unique from amongst similar looking blue tone color skyscrapers populating Montreal downtown.

Its pointy head makes this structure stand out from amongst similar looking blue tone color skyscrapers in downtown Montreal however, its pyramid top is not the only interesting feature it has.

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It stands out because it alone is the only pointy head structure in downtown Montreal however, its top is not the only unique feature of this skyscraper.

To get noticed from amongst the herd of similar looking tall buildings being built or already in place, this structure composed of hundreds of four distinct tones of blue-tinted long and short of varying dimensional rectangular and square glass.

Making it interesting the building’s “foot print” is a large square with vertical triangular outgrowths straddling on one corner perhaps two directly opposite the corner we see in this picture.

The main square part of this building carries four smaller squares the last topped with the pyramid moreover, each square top has its four corners topped with a grey-white triangle.

lastly, the aforementioned triangular outgrowths are contained between two brown color metal or perhaps concrete vertical rectangles.

The vertical rectangles appear three distinct tones and just like aforementioned building squares, are topped with triangles only these are brown color and each rectangle has three.

There are also twelve black colored square and rectangular metal plates or perhaps special windows on the first three squares that rest on the main square structure.

Finally, the pyramid has four large two-tone hollow square tubes supporting a smaller square with a bunch of windows in one of the aforementioned blue tones.

Since I never visited this building I don’t know the detail regarding the bottom or main floor however, I think this structure is a fascinating one worthy of this photo challenge.

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

Alexis Nihon Plaza Corner

Alexis Nihon Plaza corner situated at intersection of Saint Catherine street and Atwater boulevard in Montreal.

Alexis Nihon Plaza corner situated at intersection of Saint Catherine street and Atwater boulevard is part of huge black colored glass and prefab concrete commercial and residential complex in Montreal’s west end.

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Alexis Nihon Plaza corner situated at the intersection of Saint Catherine Street and Atwater Avenue is part of huge black colored glass and prefab concrete commercial and residential complex located at west end of Montreal.

My picture depicts the south-east end however, looking towards the north-east end, or the right side of this image, not shown here, looms Mount Royal with its famous metal cross on top of it.

The Plaza houses a maze of department stores and fast-food chain eateries on several floor levels and the bottom level connects to Montreal’s subway system’s Atwater station on its Green line.

Also, hidden by the north-east end and behind those trees, is the famous Dawson College campus in what used to be once the Montreal’s Catholic Grey Nuns mother house.

Atwater is a favorite station because I liked to frequent some of its stores in the past that are no longer there moreover, I like using this famed subway station whenever I am traveling back home after walking from the Quartier-des-Spectacles following one of Montreal’s many summer festival events.

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

Ooh Shiny Another Accident

Ooh shiny, another serious motorcycle accident I thought to myself, when two paramedics wheeled gurney past passersby.

Ooh shiny, another serious motorcycle accident I thought to myself, when two authentic looking Montreal paramedics wheeled gurney with helmeted female “victim” past passersby on Saint Catherine Street.

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Ooh shiny, another serious motorcycle accident I thought to myself, when two authentic looking Montreal paramedics wheeled their helmeted female “victim” through the crowds of passersby on Saint Catherine Street.

Moments earlier these two “paras” were real-like pumping the female dummy’s chest meanwhile, anxious passersby briefly stopped to assess the poor young woman on the gurney condition and then realized it was all a sham.

I should have immediately realized that the whole affair was fake because it was happening in the Quartier-des-Spectacles during the 2017 Montreal Just-For-Laughs Festival, the paramedics were heading into the area from the Saint Urbain Street (East) entrance onto the Quartier, and most importantly, there was no ambulance visible anywhere.

I quickly deduced what was going on when one of the paramedics lifted the alleged victim’s left leg straight up past 90 degrees without getting any sort of audible response from the “patient”.

Moreover, I recognized one of the “paramedics” whose face appears on my image after carefully examining it at home as a comedian that I have seen on French language TV.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”OOH SHINY”

Elemental Minus One

Classic elemental components minus one evident in camp fire however, water was abundant nearby.

Classic elemental components minus one evident in image of burning country camp fire  surrounded by large rocks to control flames.

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Classic elemental components minus one are evident in this image of burning country camp fire surrounded by rocks to keep the flames under control.

Despite water being missed in this image it was certainly abundant nearby ensuring this picture’s qualification for classical four elements earth, air, water, and fire.

The scene is late July, this Summer, on a hill in the mountains of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, an area that I enjoy visiting often especially in fair weather something in very short supply this year.

The birthday party had been a great success everybody had a wonderful time celebrating and enjoying plenty of drinks, food, and traditional cake for the occasion however, it was evening, time for a campfire.

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

Green Bumpy-Smooth Textures

Green caterpillar bumpy-smooth textures skin of hundreds of tiny bits with smooth parts on worm-like body riding tiny red legs.

Green caterpillar bumpy-smooth textures skin of hundreds of tiny tissue bits intermittently separated with smooth sections covering worm-like body riding multiple, teeny, red legs.

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Green caterpillar bumpy-smooth textures skin of hundreds of tiny tissue bits intermittently separated with smooth sections looking like stripes covering worm-like body riding on multiple, teeny, pointy, red legs.

Since I never handled this creature with my bare hands I can only guess how it all feels based on what my HD picture shows to be very bumpy surface.

An interesting thing is that long pointy thing at one end of this caterpillar, which is probably part of its defense system because many predators may mistake it for its head meanwhile, the real one is on the other side with the tiny red tipped antennae.

I found this caterpillar in the backyard garden on top of some leaves picked it up with a twig and placed it into an empty white plastic yogurt cup for examination and taking this digital image.

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

Moment Of Satisfaction

Moment of satisfaction apparent in Urban Science Brass Band member smiling with extended arms.

Moment of satisfaction apparent in Urban Science Brass Band member dressed in white extending his arms out showing mile-wide smile on his face.

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Moment of satisfaction apparent in member of Urban Science Brass Band dressed in white as he extends his arms out meanwhile, showing mile-wide smile on his face in midst of crowd.

The trombone player is part of the brass/hip-hop/soul U.B.S.B.B.troupe of about 100 that entertain locals and visiting fans to the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival at 5 PM each day having taken over from West Tranz troupe.

These cool cats arrive armed with an MC, vocalists, street brake dancers, and brass instrumentalists like our trombone player traveling from stop to stop in the Quartier-des-Spectacles belting out their unique energetic classical loops full of beats meanwhile, surrounded by excited “groupie” type fans.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”SATISFACTION”

Unusual Basket Critter

Unusual wicker basket critter is seen through slit port holes by sitting visitors when Little Red Riding Hood shows vessel to them.

Little Red Riding Hood’s unusual wicker basket contains critter visitors see through slit port holes when she shows it to them while holding wolf under right arm.

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Little Red Riding Hood’s unusual wicker basket contains critter visitors can see through slit port holes as she shows the basket to them while holding wolf tightly in crook of right arm.

Frankly the wolf looks dead, his rib cage crushed because his eyes seem bulging out and he remains limp under her arm meanwhile, that alleged critter inside basket Hood carries seems to draw smiles from sitting people as well as that man standing.

Little Red Riding Hood, wolf, and critter in basket all look fake to me then again, the whole story is just a fable this busker at the 2017 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival is simply having fun acting out to entertain visitors.

This my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”UNUSUAL”.

 

Little Girl’s Collage

Little girl's collage uses multi-color self-adhesive squares to add color to her master piece marking Canada's 150th birthday.

Little girl’s collage uses multi-color self-adhesive squares to add some color to big white board showing drawing of flying Canada geese and islands or large boulders.

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During the recent Canada Day celebrations this little girl’s collage used multi-color self-adhesive squares added some color to big white board showing a drawing of flying Canada geese and islands or large boulders.

Her creativity helped along a bit by her father who stood nearby giving her those color paper squares used in her master piece marking Canada’s 150th birthday.

She was not the only one doing this activity because nearby although not shown here two other slightly older girls were also busy decorating their space with those same type self-adhesive color paper squares.

Webster’s Dictionary defines a collage as “an artistic composition made of various materials (paper,cloth, or wood) on a picture surface”, I believe our little girl qualifies!

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”COLLAGE”

Old Champlain Bridge

Old Champlain bridge soon just foot note in history replaced by new, much better, modern, suspension version in 2018.

Old Champlain bridge soon just foot note in history after new, modern, 10 lane, suspension type version completed by 2018 linking Montreal to its south shore neighbors

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The old Champlain bridge soon to be just a memory, a foot note in history, because already another newer,
more modern, 10 lane, suspension version hopefully much better type is being constructed next to it.

Started in 1958 and completed in April 1967 just in time for Montreal’s famous Expo 67 world’s fair it will disappear by 2023 replaced by a new structure.

The new Champlain bridge, if it retains the historic name, is a suspension type structure and is rumored to be ready by late 2018 meanwhile, the present structure will be removed in stages, dismantling begins in 2019 at the earliest, and demolition completed by 2023.

The new $4.25-billion span links Montreal to South Shore, the project began in 2015 and expected completed by December of 2018 by present work crew of 500 expected to reach 1000 people, many Mohawk “iron workers” from nearby Kahnawake First Nations reserve on the south shore.

This picture depicts the famous hump stretch on the Champlain south shore side, which we traveled over on our way to the Eastern Townships in the Fall of 2016.

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