Tag Archives: Montreal

Glaring Creature

Glaring gargoyle creature stares down on passersby from facade of Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal.

Glaring creature is member of army of malicious looking gargoyles, guardians of Montreal’s downtown
Christ Church Cathedral,  allegedly supposed to ward off evil spirits.

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Glaring gargoyle creature seems to exhibit extreme evil intent as seen on its distorted face looking down at passersby on Saint Catherine Street.

It along with plenty of other unique, malicious looking gargoyles carved into the Gothic Revival facade of Christ Church Cathedral are its guardians against real evil that allegedly stalks the downtown street in Montreal.

This member of a gargoyles army adorning the facade is supposed to scare of evil spirits that may want to enter this Anglican church intent on messing around with its parishioners.

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

 

Hidden Security Camera

Hidden security camera mounted high on roof ledge hangs over and spys on portion of Saint Catherine below.

Hidden security camera mounted high on roof ledge hangs over portion of Saint Catherine Street providing video and audio coverage of street below.

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Hidden security camera mounted high on a roof ledge hangs over a portion of Saint Catherine Street in Montreal providing video and audio coverage of street below totally unknown to observed.

Actually this camera is not really hidden however, since few ever look for it and many others scattered all over the territory it may be considered so.

Since America’s 9-11 cities all over the western world have installed surveillance equipment including high-definition cameras now coupled with servers collecting data and employing sophisticated face recognition software that can be used by law enforcement.

In addition to distinguishing face features some of the software also filters through audio and voices matching it with the faces from huge readily available data bases couple globally, Orwell’s 1984 is definitely here!

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HIDDEN”

 

Savor Halal Food

Two women in hijabs order Halal food they savor that their Moslem faith permits instead of usual menu from Saint Catherine Street eatery.

Two Moslem women wearing hijabs sit down at Saint Catherine Street eatery outdoor terrace ordering Halal food they savor instead of restaurant’s usual menu.

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Two Moslem women wearing hijabs place order for “Halal” meals they savor instead of usual restaurant menu offered because their faith prevents eating food considered “haram”, not permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law.

The scene is Saint Catherine Street on Friday July 14, 2017 during the local merchants street long sale and these two hungry young women sit down at a restaurant’s outdoor terrace, a likely place for a nice meal.

Montreal, a world-class city, is home to many different people and cultures from across the globe therefore, prepared food sourced from almost anywhere can be found including specials like Halal and Kosher, both which in many ways are alike.

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

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”.

Natty Baseball Mural

Natty baseball related mural decorates south side Saint Catherine building backwall east of Saint Laurence boulevard in Montreal.

Natty baseball related mural decorates building back-wall on Saint Catherine south side several blocks east of Saint Laurence boulevard one of three different ones on three buildings’ back-walls

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The natty baseball related mural decorates a back-wall of a building on south side of Saint Catherine several blocks east of Saint Laurence boulevard and is just one of several street art works enveloping a parking lot.

The fair size parking space surrounded on three sides with more very interesting street art work by three different “arteestas” each with their own design style depicting renderings of their own creative minds on three different buildings’ back-walls.

As my picture shows other less talented individuals have added their graffiti “tags” to a nearby metal post and its orange-colored cement base fortunately the mural was not touched.

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

Cash Hopeful

Three cash hopeful Montreal buskers play rock n roll music on Saint Catherine street on busy July night for crowd.

Three cash hopeful Montreal buskers play Beatles and Rolling Stones songs on Saint Catherine street on  busy July night for appreciative crowd .

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Three always cash hopeful  Montreal buskers practice their musical abilities on a busy July night on Saint Catherine street west.

These guys certainly attracted a nice crowd of tourists and some local passersby while doing popular Beatles and Rolling Stones songs interspersed with some newer stuff.

I had just left the Montreal International Jazz Festival site, where the wonderful entertainment continued for another few hours for the enjoyment of die-hard jazz fans gathered there, when I came upon this bunch.

After catching a few free shows I noticing the time and decided to head home along Saint Catherine towards Atwater boulevard metro(subway station), when I first heard them and then noticed the gathered crowd in front of the La Baie department store listening to these guys.

As my picture shows, cash was already accumulating in their opened old, beaten, guitar case which also had that small stuffed teddy bear toy in it, probably their mascot.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HOPEFUL”.

Downtown Local

Two downtown 'local' waterholes filled to capacity are both on very popular Crescent Street.

These two downtown ‘local’ waterholes filled to capacity are  on Crescent Street a very popular area  during summer.

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Two Montreal downtown ‘local’ waterholes filled to capacity with international tourists and regulars during the International Grand Prix both are on very popular Crescent Street.

Both the Sir Winston Churchill Pub and the Mad Hatter depicted during early summer when Montreal hosted the event and as you can see the Churchill Pub seems filled to capacity spilling out on their outside gallery.

The Churchill Pub just happens to be in the upper or north part of Crescent Street and benefits from more exposure to the masses that arrive for the big event whereas the Mad Hatter located south or further down making it more a quiet place perhaps a more cosy joint catering to those that prefer less noise and exposure.

Since I don’t frequent downtown much I can’t really comment in detail about these two locals furthermore, my favorite local is now a coffee shop after the original bar was sold, demolished and replaced by a spanking new Tim Hortons.

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

On Cutting Edge

On the cutting edge of luxury Ritz Carlton remains loyal to original 'Ritz standards' of premier quality and opulence .

On the cutting edge of luxury from day of inauguration in 1912 the Ritz Carlton Hotel is  premier quality and opulence .

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On the cutting edge of luxury from the day of its inauguration more than a century ago in famous luxurious Golden Square Mile neighborhood, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, remains premier quality and opulence.

It is where the rich, the famous, financially and politically connected, celebrities, and royalty come to stay when visiting Montreal.

Since it opened in 1912 it remains the first “Ritz Carlton” hotel in North America conforming with original ‘Ritz standards’ of César Ritz owner of London’s celebrated Carlton Hotel.

As my picture shows the edge is where the new wing added recently, merges the modern with the classic iconic original on the exterior this however, is only part of the massive upgrade that was done to ensure ‘Ritz standards’.

A small list of some of the famous international celebrities staying include Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Maurice Chevalier, Douglas Fairbanks, Howard Hughes, Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Richard Nixon, George Bush Sr,  and the Rolling Stones.

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

Feeding Obvious

Feeding was obvious because of way racoon behaved near human visitors to cemetery.

Feeding was obvious because of way this racoon behaved near human visitors to huge Montreal Cote-des-Neiges Cemetery.

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Feeding was obvious because of the way this racoon behaved near human visitors to the huge Cote-des-Neiges Cemetery nestled on top of Montreal’s Mount Royal Park.

While visiting the sprawling historic cemetery I came across a man feeding this racoon with some “snack food”, I don’t recall what type it was however, I did approach the man to clue him that what he was doing was wrong.

I informed him that feeding these animals makes them dependent on humans for their survival moreover, he was exposing himself to rabies or other nasty bugs should that wild animal be infected.

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

Different Portraits

These different portraits depict two very unique people, Carlos Placeres and unidentified woman.

These different portraits depict two very unique people, the man is Carlos Placeres and other is an unidentified young woman .

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These different portraits depict two very unique people one a young woman the other a middle-aged man both however, share one commonality, they are entertainers.

Carlos Placeres is a Montrealer originally from Cuba, has a rich nuanced voice of a troubadour which I had the pleasure to be entertained by during the recent 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

The beautiful young perhaps, African-Canadian woman, is a mystery that I have not investigated and therefore, remains unidentified I haven’t a clue who she is however, I did find her image attractive.

The fact that her portrait poster was pasted on a red brick and grey cinderblock wall and half-torn exposing the masonry was enough to convince me to capture this interesting image.

This my contribution for the WP weekly Discover challenge:”PORTRAITS”.