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”.
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”.
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”.
Punishment executed following a court-martial session however, these were not against military personnel instead against ordinary citizens, Quebecers, who rebelled against the order imposed by the imperial British colonial government of the time.
Almost buried in time this large obelisk stands alone overlooking a small hillside tucked in corner of the huge Notre Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery encompassing the west side of Mount Royal Park in Montreal. The monument honors some of the “Les Patriots” rebels, who were either hanged or shot by firing squad and others exiled to Australia, then a British penal colony.
Although most of the names are francophone there are also Anglos including English, Irish, Scottish etc., who rebelled against the crown for a similar reason Americans did, taxation without representation, corruption, and abuse of power et al. It’s fascinating Canadian story worth checking out heck, our cousins the Americans are not the only ones who have an interesting history full of scoundrels and heroes.
I came across this monument a few months ago when visiting the cemetery to see the graves of members of my family and also friends buried here.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PUNISHMENT”.
Ottawa river depth varies from 12 to 119 meters deep just below the Parliament block according to one chart however, because of various man-made dams, locks, etc water levels average about 58 meters. That bridge which is nearby, most probably crosses a more shallower part of river however, I can only guess.
This river meanders over a lot of territory and even forms a sort of border between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in one area.
It’s source is Lake Capimitchigama, in the Laurentian Mountains of central Quebec after which it flows west to Lake Timiskaming and onto the inter-provincial border area mentioned.
Most of the river is in Quebec, about 65%, and the rest in Ontario, with an overall area covered of 146,300 square kilometers ending at the junction of the Lake of Two Mountains and Saint lawrence River at Montreal, Quebec.
The deepest part of this river is at the town of Deep River( the name derived), Ontario where a recorded natural depth is 123 meters(402 feet). The town is directly across or opposite Quebec’s laurentian Mountains.
The water levels change continuously because of seasonal and weather conditions as well as hydroelectric dams on this waterway.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”Depth”.
The St. Catherine street charmer sat at street corner playing and nobody paid any attention meanwhile, the serpent emerged from case.
The king cobra swayed its head rhythmically from side to side because it was enjoying the nice tune while being basked by the intense rays of the warm sun of early afternoon in downtown Montreal.
Originally, from a small town in India the serpent was now trying to assimilate into this new culture in Quebec after getting into Canada under the relaxed immigration rules that the recently elected Trudeau Liberal government passed.
Heck, immigration was the easy part thought the serpent what’s needed now is a job to sustain oneself so when friends suggested panhandling this seemed the way to do it.
Bonhomme excitement is apparent in this photo taken a few years ago on Saint Catherine Street in downtown Montreal during the annual Santa Claus Parade.
It was a rather chilly morning that Saturday however, this did not dampen the spirits of thousands of Montrealers and visitors composing the long lines along the route. I snapped this image as the float carrying the jovial Quebec mascot was passing by, hope you like it.
Each year Quebec has a Winter Carnival that is world famous and the Bonhomme Carnaval is the huge snowman celebrity ambassador and undisputed master of his winter wonderland kingdom in Quebec City. He does after all, have the keys to that city during the duration of the festivities given him by its real mayor. Bonhomme is a real celebrity recognized by over 90% of Quebecers and many Canadians and visitors from across the world.
The Carnaval is a multi-day festival during most of the month of February featuring Bonhomme, his entourage of young Quebec beauties, parades, snow sculptures, ice castles, and outdoor sports drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Despite the cold folks hoot loudly all the while taking in as much of the exciting things that happen all the time.
Some of course will strengthen their resolve by imbibing a bit drinking traditional potent “Caribou” an interesting mix of brandy, vodka, sherry and port which conveniently will come out from their Carnaval plastic canes.
Our hero, Bonhomme is a marketing creation dating to 1954 to spread “joie de vivre” during this festive time. He is a symbol of Québec City and Québécois society. His frost inspired pink cheeks, floppy red hat and sash dates back to the 19th century and the time of Les Patriotes.