Category Archives: weekly photo challenge

Drive By Peek

Drive by peek of Canada's centuries old Parliament slightly obscured by its ornate black iron front gate.

Drive by peek of Canada’s centuries old Parliament slightly obscured by its ornate closed black-colored wrought iron
front gate complex.

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While passenger in my friend’s minivan I got this drive by peek of Canada’s Parliament through its closed black colored iron front gate.

The scene was two years ago during a beautiful sunny afternoon in late Summer traveling along Wellington Street heading towards our ultimate destination Canada’s famous war museum while busy international tourists were milling around exploring Parliament.

I took this shot through the side window while we were in motion therefore, coupled with some people also moving some blur is evident.

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

Rounded Fruit Plate

Plenty of rounded shapes in photo including rounded fruit plate of sliced spiced red tomatoes.

Plenty of examples available in photo including rounded fruit plate containing the spiced sliced bright red
tomatoes.

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Spiced fresh sliced bright red tomatoes make wonderful rounded fruit plate worthy partner of for example some roast beef or salami dressed up with some nice Dijon mustard between two slices of freshly baked rye bread.

Then again, the tomatoes are just fine eaten spiced up with a bit of salt and black pepper as shown in this photo.

Regarding things rounded, I believe there are plenty of examples shown in this image besides the ceramic plate bearing the tomatoes, such as for example, those colorful shapes on the place mat, the chromed metal salt shaker top, and the plastic black pepper container.

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

Night Camp Fire Glow

Labor Day ended enjoying night camp fire glow from intense flame and occasional sparks.

Labor Day ended with night camp fire whose glow and warmth bathed all who had gathered around it on hillside in
deep darkness.

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Last Labor Day ended with a night camp fire whose glow and warmth bathed all who had gathered around it on that hillside in deep darkness enjoying intense flame and occasional sparks.

It was perhaps one of the best gathering of the clan on a most wonderful weekend which finished off with a near professional  fireworks display going off nearby a little after this picture was taken.

As my picture shows everyone had a great time earlier in the day with all sorts of merriment and games helped somewhat later with a few brewskis, wine, and a ton of wonderful food of all sorts.

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

Urban Deterioration Scale

Urban deterioration scale is evident captured in picture of decades city laissez-faire and slumlords neglect.

Urban deterioration scale is evident by graffiti, broken boarded up windows, crumbling brick walls, miscellaneous debris, and general run down look.

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Urban deterioration scale is evident by amount of graffiti, broken boarded up windows, crumbling brick walls, miscellaneous debris, and general run down look of place.

This picture taken in downtown Montreal below Rene Levesque boulevard captures some of what is being torn down and replaced by rampant urban development featuring huge dark glass and metal highrises funded by mostly foreign overseas money.

Decades of laissez-faire by paid off corrupt city administrations allowing rich slum lords to acquire loads of old property cheaply then continue practicing neglect doing very little maintaining these properties meanwhile, raising rents to their poor tenants creates this type of scenario.

The corporate slum lords await the right moment to sell obviously very valuable downtown property for huge profits to the foreign buyers eager to park their money avoiding taxes at home.

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

Pedestrian Rest

Pedestrian takes rest on a park bench and seems dead to the world perhaps after a hard stressful day.

Pedestrian takes rest on a park bench towards end of hard day while nearby is mobile fast food truck selling
fries, hotdogs, burgers, soft drinks, and other assorted goodies to lined up fellow pedestrians.

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Towards end of hard day pedestrian takes rest on a park bench nearby is mobile fast food truck where other fellow pedestrians lined up for some fries, hotdogs, burgers, soft drinks, and other goodies for supper.

This fellow seems dead to the world perhaps, he really had a very stressful day at office or had a problem sleeping the previous night, or may be he just wants to enjoy the evening’s last warm sun rays warming his face who knows!

The scene is Place du Canada park, downtown Montreal, at intersection of Metcalf street and Rene Levesque boulevard with the old Sun Life building looming in background and Mary Queen Of The World Cathedral (not shown) on extreme right of picture.

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

Installing Highrise Windows

Installing highrise windows is tricky however, two construction workers are oblivious to height.

Installing highrise windows is particularly tricky however, two construction workers seem oblivious being
halfway up 30 to 50 story building.

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Installing highrise windows is a particularly tricky business due to many factors however, these two workmen on scaffold seem at ease about it.

Lately for the last few years Montreal downtown core has had a construction boom of modern towers whose exterior is mostly glass and metal similar to this picture.

As mentioned at least once in my previous posts all this construction is funded by overseas money because Canada seems as a safe place to invest money that would probably be taxed at home.

These two construction workers appear to be doing some sort of maintenance on these windows oblivious to being suspended on that scaffold about halfway up a 30 to 50 story building.

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

Layered Goodies

Layered goodies await passersby at Phillips Square kiosk across Saint Catherine Street from Hudson's Bay store.

Layered goodies await passersby at kiosk on northern edge of Phillips Square on Saint Catherine Street featuring mostly Quebec maple syrup products and various souvenirs.

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Tons of layered goodies await passersby at a kiosk on Saint Catherine Street directly across from the famous, huge, old Hudson’s Bay store complex.

The products sold are mostly products made of Quebec’s maple syrup and various souvenirs and trinkets that tourists anc visitors to Montreal would like to buy.

The kiosk’s actual location is on the edge of Phillips Square, a little park surrounded on four sides by old commercial buildings including Hudson’s Bay.

Phillips Square is a piece of public property located in an old part of Montreal’s downtown and has a large bronze monument designed by Louis-Philippe Hébert  erected in 1914 and dedicated to late King Edward VII, who while still Prince of Wales, visited Montreal in 1860 for the Victoria Bridge inauguration.

This property named after Thomas Phillips, a former city councilor and entrepreneur , and donated to Montreal when he died by his widow as a perpetual memorial to her husband.

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

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”.