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One-Way Trip

One-way trip riding on steel wire while attached in harness during Montreal en Lumiere winter festival.

One-way trip attached in harness over Montreal’s Quartier-des- Spectacles attached in a harness rolling east along one inch thick braided stainless steel wire.

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One-way trip over Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles attached in a harness rolling east along a one inch thick braided stainless steel wire from one platform to another.

It was a bright sunny but really cold morning with very few people outdoors on the Quartier festival site when I took this picture of this woman riding the famous “Zip Line” overhead.

The scene is downtown in February, 2015 over Saint Catherine Street during the Montreal en Lumiere winter festival and this young women is enjoying some real excitement speeding on some rollers along the taunt steel wire heading from a high platform located near Bleury Street towards another lower platform near Saint Urbain street.

All participants are dressed in safety gear which includes a protective hard hat and special harness attached to rollers sitting on the stretched braided wire additionally, they also should have they own warm winter gear to keep while doing this trip otherwise, they become  frozen popsicles.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ONE-WAY”

Brown Tan Black

Brown, tan, and black colors on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting perhaps Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.

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Brown, tan, and black are colors obvious on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting religious figure perhaps that of Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.

Several years ago after admiring the striking Anglican Gothic Revival architecture of this landmark church located next door to what used to be the old Eaton’s department store on Saint Catherine street I decided to visit it.

The interior of this church as its exterior, is fascinating and historical with all sorts of very interesting artifacts from Montreal’s glorious past moreover, this structure is still functions as active place of worship.

Today the Cathedral is melded with a modern multi-story glass and steel office skyscraper joined at its back-end compared to when it was first erected by wealthy Protestant Montrealers almost 200 years ago.

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

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”.

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”.

Pamper Time

Old Birks and Sons jewelry knows how to pamper time with display of legendary Breitling watches.

Old Birks and Sons jewelry establishment seems to know how to pamper time with display of legendary Breitling awesome precision chronograph watches.

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The old Birks and Sons jewelry establishment in downtown Montreal certainly seems to know how to pamper time judging by display of awesome chronograph watches in one of their street windows.

This attractive Saint Catherine Street window exhibit of fancy and expensive Breitling “aviation” watches is not for the average working slob instead for those requiring top quality and are willing to pay top dollar for precision.

These products are also for those accustomed to the finer things in life regardless of price according to old JP Morgan quote: “If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it!”

One of the last remaining Swiss watch brands legendary Breitling, established in 1884, is leader and specializes in technical, wrist chronograph watches, they develop and produce some of the world’s finest, practically indestructible, reliable, high-performance products.

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

Elevate Work Scaffold

Rooftop motorized winch is used to elevate work scaffold with two workers to do their job.

Rooftop motorized winch used to elevate work scaffold containing these two workers riding it flat against the skyscraper side to their job

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Rooftop motorized winch used to elevate work scaffold containing these two workers riding it flat against this Montreal skyscraper side to do their job.

Montreal is booming with many tall office and condominium structures being erected all over the place downtown funded by mostly overseas investors money.

After Vancouver and Toronto, Montreal seems to be attracting a substantial amount of this money perhaps, because land is still cheap compared to the other two cities coupled with a growing population of thousands of new arrivals including the recent immigration cue jumpers from the USA.

Few know the reasons why foreigners invest in any particular area however, Canada is probably one of the best places on the globe to do so because it is big, relatively secure, and still inexpensive with a mostly civilized, growing, middle-class, high-percentage literate, population.

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

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”.

Homage To Sovereign

Granite monument in Montreal's Dorchester Square park pays homage to former sovereign British Queen Victoria.

Granite monument in Montreal’s Dorchester Square park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign,
her majesty Queen Victoria, who once ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

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A granite monument in a Montreal park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign, her majesty Queen Victoria, who ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

A male African lion symbolizing British royalty tops this monument situated across Metcalfe street from the stately, huge, old Sun Life building in Dorchester Square park.

The location and size of this monument seems to have obscured it from the general public view because of several other monuments that populate this park.

After researching it I found this historical monument which as mentioned earlier consists of a huge lion statue, contains a water fountain pedestal at its base, is a replica of Frédéric Bartholdi’s Lion of Belfort. It was installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee because she was Canada’s sovereign then.

Furthermore, the park originally once was a Catholic cemetery and most buried were moved to nearby Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery on Mount Royal however, some were left and are remembered by tiny crosses embedded in the walkways through this park.

When I last visited this park I noticed these small crosses and wondered what they were about considering that the province of Quebec has transmogrified into a secular state therefore, they seemed out-of-place, now it makes sense.

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

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”.