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”.

Cannon Fodder Brave

Two Montreal office workers seem about to cross line imaginary of fire of centuries old black power artillery piece in park.

Montreal office workers are cannon fodder brave walking in front of centuries old black powder artillery piece near John A. MacDonald’s monument at Place du Canada park.

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Some Montreal office workers are cannon fodder brave walking into imaginary line of fire from centuries old black powder artillery piece near John A MacDonald’s statue.

Both men seem about to cross in front of huge black painted old brass cannon fortunately it is inert, only a decoration piece, part of a duo resting in front of Canada’s first prime minister’s granite and metal monument.

Just imagine when these cannon were in use manned by military gun crew making such passage suicide to passersby, especially if the fuse was already lit ready to set off the charge.

Looking at size of that bore it would no doubt punch a massive hole through anyone unlucky to be in the way probably tearing them in half..wow, what a mess that would be!

The scene is Place du Canada (formerly Dominion Square) with Mary Queen of the World Cathedral looming in background on picture’s left, the Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel in back, St. George’s Anglican Church, and Windsor Station both hidden on right.

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

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”.

Kiddie Show Launch

Kiddie show launch during Saint Jean Baptiste Day on outdoor stage in Montreal's West Island.

Kiddie show launch during Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations on an outdoor stage in Montreal’s West Island, cheerful, excited, and happy children watched by excited, happy, parents.

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Kiddie show launch during Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations on an outdoor stage in Montreal’s West Island filled with cheerful, excited, and happy children watched by their equally excited, happy, parents.

Funded by $millions in hard-earned taxpayers money that the Quebec government generously doles out to municipalities to allegedly celebrate province’s patron saint, the day filled with merriment, music, and all sorts of fun for citizens and visitors.

The former peaceful religious feast day celebration morphed into a secular holiday during 1970’s when the chain-smoking former journalist Rene Levesque led separatist Parti Québécois government legislated it into “La Fete National” to prepare Quebecers for the infamous sovereignty referendums to break up Canada that followed later.

Quebec has since evolved from a majority French-speaking Christian Catholic society into one lost in the shuffle, where adoring celebrities and excesses of material wealth has replaced worship of God.

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

Once Fashionable

Once fashionable classic American car from upstate New York, USA at Hudson antique car show.

Once fashionable classic American car from upstate New York, USA driven to the municipality of Hudson just west of the island of Montreal for vintage car show.

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Once fashionable this old American automobile has been replaced by high-tech, more safer, modern vehicles that use less fuel and pollute less with their emissions, and are more luxurious and comfortable.

Although it is old it is still interesting to look at and drive as a classic car and many collectors desire it because it retains and increases in value as time passes.

This particular car is from upstate New York visiting Hudson, which is a municipality west of the island of
Montreal nearing the Ontario border for a vintage car show.

This picture is about a decade old made on a beautiful sunny warm Sunday afternoon.

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

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”.

Bug Interest

Giant Pileated Woodpecker's bug interest is evident when perched high up utility pole eating insects.

Pileated Woodpecker’s bug interest seems evident as he hangs by clawed feet perched high up Hydro Quebec utility pole pecking insects.

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Giant red crowned woodpecker’s bug interest seems evident as he hangs by clawed feet perched high up ready to peck out any insects on utility pole.

Perhaps, it spotted some wood-boring beetle larvae on pole or more likely carpenter ants which are more numerous and create tunneled colonies in trees.

Early last week I heard a familiar loud unique crazy piercing staccato sound emanating somewhere nearby my backyard and while trying to discern which bird was making it I saw a very large bird suddenly fly by and land on the Hydro Quebec utility pole.

Realizing what I just saw I scrambled for my digital camera to make a photograph before it flew off off fortunately I was quick enough however, I was limited to what I could capture.

The Pileated Woodpecker is a large elusive North American bird slightly larger than common crows, called “pileated” taken from Latin word pileatus meaning capped referring to its prominent red crest.

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

Rail Nail Circle

Old used discarded black colored CNR or CPR iron road fasteners made into rail nail circle.

Stuart Hall exhibit featuring Rail nail circle made from old used discarded black colored CNR or CPR iron road spike fasteners.

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Rail nail circle made from old used discarded black colored CNR or CPR iron road spike fasteners assembled wheel shape style.

The scene is in Stuart Hall in Pte. Claire, where several Quebec artists exhibited their works marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary this past summer.

Exhibits were displayed both inside the Stuart Hall building as well as outside on the grounds of this famous old former mansion now a community center.

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

 

Popular legend

Popular legend has it that Diefenbaker Conservative government were wrong cancelling Avro Arrow.

Popular legend regarding Canada’s Avro Arrow has it that Diefenbaker Conservative government were wrong cancelling this secret advanced military jet aircraft project.

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Ever since secret project was abruptly terminated during Diefenbaker era a popular legend evolved regarding Canada’s position in today’s advanced military jet aircraft.

Armchair experts insist that the Diefenbaker Conservative government set Canadian aerospace back allowing others primarily the USA to benefit from all the very expensive research already done as well as from all the technical staff Avro laid off.

They claim Canada gave away the whole store in a proverbial  “fire sale” ending up poorer for it because many of those Avro scientists and technicians ended up “Making America Great” working in USA developing its NASA space program.

There is no doubt that the Avro Arrow was unique and probably the most advanced aircraft of its kind however, it was heavily over-budget generating a real strain on Canada’s fiscal resources.

Canada, although a huge country with its small population tax base did not have an economy to support this type of very expensive project  compared to the USA with its massive economy.

Ottawa’s Canada Aviation And Space Museum is home for part of what’s left of the Arrow, the cockpit are depicted however, 1/3 of both wings,  essentially its wing tips,  and two sets of engines, one being the famous Iroquois, are available too.

These other components are stored nearby along the inner wall of the building for those interested in viewing them.

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