Colored Savage Culture Shock

Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal as blue, green, red and yellow people suddenly appear on the street.

Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal as blue, green, red and yellow skimpy dressed people appear amongst ordinary folks then freeze like statues on the street.

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Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal when suddenly blue, green, red and yellow skimpy dressed people appear amongst them then momentarily freeze like statues on the street.

I had wandered down to the corner of Saint Catherine and Saint Laurence streets when in marched squads of vividly colored people mingling with locals and tourists in town for the Just For Laughs Festival starting on July 15th.

As I looked around ordinary people were in disbelief to see this extraordinary event happening in their midst heck, what exactly was going on, who dreamed this one up and for what reason?

Trying to come to some sort of understanding seemed so complicated to most people however, after some careful thinking the awful truth became crystal clear.

Canada elected the Trudeau Liberals in 2015 meanwhile earlier Montreal elected Denis Coderre a former federal Liberal cabinet minister as mayor add that to Canada celebrating 150 years while Montreal 375 years and its Liberal party time again on taxpayer’s dime.

Estimates of cost after the dust settles ranges in the hundreds of millions with a billion or more a definite being added to Canada’s debt but who cares because Justin Trudeau, Denis Coderre, and their rich international Liberal friends will not be paying for it however, some will certainly end up in their secret offshore accounts.

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

Woman Ball Water Fountain Caper

Woman in ball in water fountain caper at Quartier-des-Spectacles amuses young children, parents, and onlookers.

Woman in ball in water fountain caper at Quartier-des-Spectacles during 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival amuses young children. their parents, and onlookers.

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The woman in ball in water fountain caper happened in the Quartier-des-Spectacles Thursday July 6, 2017 during the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival and children loved it.

While nobody was expecting it a woman busker inside a huge clear plastic ball rolled in and onto the water fountain area where numerous young children enjoying a warm, humid, partly sunny day played while being watched by their parents.

Most children  dressed in their bathing attire and some had their plastic toys with which to play while being drenched at times by the sudden spurting of water out of numerous holes in concrete tiles of the fountain area.

The young woman inside the ball rolled into the fountain area just as the water started to erupt amusing these children, their parents, and passersby with her antics.

What went through my mind is how she managed to perform inside that ball while CO2 accumulated from her normal breathing because I didn’t see any air-vents anywhere on her ball then again, there must have been some I guess.

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

True Believer Grit

True believer grit evident in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as diehards enjoy great music nobody else would.

True believer grit evident in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as some diehards sit in few rows near stage enjoying great music nobody else would.

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True believer grit evident on Saint Jean Baptiste Day in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as some diehards sit in few rows near stage enjoying great music nobody else would.

This year, 2017,  Quebec’s patron saint’s celebration began as an overcast day with lots of rain drizzle most of the time wetting the spirits out of many however,  just prior to the customary fireworks around 10 PM it all miraculously cleared up.

Around 8:30 PM another minor miracle happened, whole families many with small children suddenly started showing up for the annual festivities and their children participated prepared games that the site provided that day and everyone also hung around to enjoy the excellent fireworks.

The scene depicted is mid-afternoon during a slight lull in the drizzle and you could count the audience by the fingers of your two hands.

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

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”

Tongue Tip Quill

Busker tongue tip balances large quill amazing very appreciative crowd at Quartier-des-Spectacles during Montreal Jazz Festival.

Busker tongue tip balances large quill and amazes large, very appreciative audience of locals and international visitors in town for 2017 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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Busker tongue tip balances a large quill in front of a large, very appreciative audience of locals and many international visitors in town last Thursday for the annual Montreal Jazz Festival.

The very professional man-woman buskers team skilled in circus work preformed their juggling and acrobatics act flawlessly outdoors sometimes risking the woman’s life with balancing maneuvers while having only a thin inch thick rubber mat laid down on solid concrete for safety.

Serious injury should one of them make a mistake ascertained however, these two apparently had Lady Luck as their friend while they fearlessly entertained their very amazed crowd.

My picture depicts part of the gathering watching some quill juggling work by the man while his woman partner, not shown, watched his performance.

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

Tethered Plastic Droplets

Attractive tethered translucent plastic droplets adorn Complexe Desjardins center foyer dangling from above in two large ovals.

Attractive tethered translucent plastic droplets adorn Complexe Desjardins center foyer dangling from massive lattice style concrete floor-roof-deck above.

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Adorning Complexe Desjardins center foyer, an attractive multitude of tethered translucent plastic droplets dangle overhead on long thin wires reflecting daylight coming through structure’s huge windows.

Each droplet is part of two large ovals that crisscross suspended over a large round water fountain on foyer floor, they are all attached to the massive lattice style concrete floor-roof-deck above.

My picture taken yesterday, Thursday July 6, 2017 while enjoying music by a local Jazz band playing on a stage located on the foyer south-side floor space depicts part of this droplet display hanging overhead.

I had wandered in after having enjoying some other great free shows outside in Montreal’s Quartier-des-Spectacles during our annual Jazz Festival going on which ends Saturday July 8, 2017.

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

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”.

Quick Yummy Snack

Quick, yummy, snack always appreciated especially when your rushed and want something nourishing to satisfy hunger.

Quick, yummy, snack always appreciated especially when things are rushed and you want something nourishing for those hunger pangs after missing breakfast or dinner.

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A quick, yummy, snack always appreciated especially when you have little time and want something to nourish you and alleviate those hunger pangs when breakfast was minimal or non-existent perhaps just a quick coffee or orange juice.

Having one of these moist, delectable Chef Eugenio’s banana muffins with a pat of butter, peanut butter, or margarine will certainly make things easier and your tummy feel much better meanwhile, satisfy your palate requiring you to “sample” another muffin for good measure heck, who cares about measures just indulge and enjoy!

By-the-way, these guys are easy on fat, salt, and sugar content and can be had just the way they are perhaps, with a good cup of coffee or tea or glass of milk mmm..simply delicious.

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

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”.

Folk Grunge Delta

Sax player and female singer of folk grunge troupe delta, eyeing each other awaiting cue to join accordion player in song.

Image depicts members of folk grunge musical troupe delta, where sax player and female singer eye each other waiting their cue to join accordion player in song.

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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”.