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Prepare Unfurl Sail

Two man crew prepare to unfurl second main sail of small sailing craft on Lac Saint Louis as winds pick up.

Two man crew prepare to unfurl second main sail of small sailing craft on Lac Saint Louis, part the mighty Saint Lawrence River, as winds pick up blowing across the waves.

Seen from north shore two-man crew prepare to unfurl second main sail of small sailing craft on Lac Saint Louis, a part the mighty Saint Lawrence River, as the winds pick up blowing across the waves.

Judging by the numerous “white caps” all around them it seems their timing is spot on during this sunny, warm yet windy Sunday afternoon.

We were visiting the famous Stewart Hall in Pte. Claire to view a minor art exhibition allegedly put on to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary afterwards we walked towards the Lac Saint Louis which borders the old mansion’s grounds.

Stewart Hall originally an “old money” mansion belonged to the Stewart family, who later donated it to Pte.Claire to be used as a community center .

The well kept grounds behind Stewart Hall is a small wooded park with benches and a sort of “sea wall” bordering the water allowing visitors a chance to relax and see the activity on the lake normally teaming with sail boats and other pleasure craft during summer.

I took this long distance picture while sitting on one of the benches and viewing many small craft out on the lake along with various waterfowl like ducks and seagulls flying or floating around near shore.

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

Mostly Perplexed


We were mostly perplexed to see a Seadoo watercraft carrying two people tearing across the rapids in what we assumed was a verboten area of Lake of Two Mountains part of the mighty Saint Lawrence River.
While my friend and I were  sitting relaxed in our Cape Cod wooden chairs on the Baie d’Urfe municipal wharf one late Sunday afternoon admiring the fast water flowing past the rapids we heard the sound of an outboard motor racing full throttle screaming mixed with the flap-flap-flap of the watercraft bouncing around smacking the water surface.

I stood up to watch the small craft zip by the rapids section onto calmer waters amazed that nothing happened to it knowing that out there submerged rocks lurked which would easily smash that speedy Seadoo throwing  both the operator and his girlfriend into the fast waters causing an emergency.

As my pictures show everything turned out OK this time however, what about the next?

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

River Depth

Ottawa river depth is influenced mostly by seasonal and weather conditions and hydroelectric dams.

Ottawa river depth averages 58 meters influenced by seasonal and weather conditions and hydroelectric dams.

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”.

SewageGate Boss Coderre

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Sewagegate Boss Coderre, alias mayor of Montreal, accused the Conservatives of “playing politics” to score cheap points.

Coderre took a swipe at the his enemies saying “at the end of the Conservative regime, it’s the first time they write a letter and use the word scientific.”

He insisted that he received scientific advise backing his decision to dump 8 billion litres of raw sewage into the Saint Lawrence river. His sarcasm related to scientists and the strict Conservatives federal government rules imposed on its employees getting too cosy with the Liberal loving media engaged in smearing the government.

Coderre then blasted Thomas Mulcair saying that Montreal dumped twice before back in 2003 and 2005 and it was OK’d by the former Quebec Liberal environment minister Mulcair, now NDP leader.

With two enemies whacked in one simple media interview, little Denis ‘the Drill’ Coderre felt proud of his accomplishment, his helping Justin Trudeau. Who is playing politics now, Denis hmm?

Sewagegate has now become a potential international crisis because a state senator from New York, Patty Ritchie and even famed American environmentalist Erin Brockovich have voiced concern for the massive damage this proposed raw sewage dump will cause. More and more environmentalists and ordinary people have voiced concern since the whole thing started and it continues.

Evidently when you’re Liberal and Montreal boss, polluting the Saint Lawrence river is no big deal because it’s been done before. Coderre likes to grandstand especially when it’s during an election campaign, to help his buddy Justin Trudeau.

Coderre feels very confident junior will become PM on October 19, 2015 so why not show off how tough a Montreal boss he is bashing the evil ‘Conservative regime’.

It will be interesting Monday night, October 19, should Canadians decide Liberals are just the same, tired, old, Adscam-Sponsorship Scandal gang trying to get their snouts into the public trough again and do more of their usual corruption.

Then again, Coderre should know a bit about corruption because after all, he was once a Chretien Liberal cabinet minister, and even mentioned in the famous Gomery Commission. He was most probably involved however, evidence to prove his culpability beyond the shadow of doubt never materialized.

Lake Saint Louis Whitecaps

Lake Saint Louis whitecaps common when wind is blowing.

Lake Saint Louis whitecaps are the result of a blustery overcast day in April 2015.

These Lake Saint Louis whitecaps are the result of a blustery overcast day during the last week in April 2015. I was visiting someone in Dorval and stopped my car near Lakeshore Road to take a number of pictures of this lake, this is one of them.

This lake is actually a large bay for the mighty Saint Lawrence River given its name in 1611 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain because of a tragedy that happened close-by when one of his men called Louys drowned there.

While taking a shortcut back from a scouting-hunting expedition accompanied by two aboriginal Americans, Louys probably lost his life along with one of his companions on what today called the Lachine Rapids. Before modern times when much development and alteration of the landscape happened, the Lachine Rapids that adjoin and are a part of the lake were a very treacherous place to navigate by canoe as Louys and the natives with him experienced, two of them died there.

The lake itself is a dangerous place under adverse weather conditions and whitecaps are common when enough wind is blowing.

When I took this picture it was in color however, as an experiment it is now black and white to add a bit of mood and seriousness.

Canard Tale

The canard tale in this short video is real despite the combination of these two words each one meaning to lie. They have evolved in the English language as meaning a falsehood, lie, or cheap trick. These ducks are the real McCoy, “canards vrai” translated into French from where ‘canard’ (duck) derived and this video is a story or tale.

I took these photographs over two summers most of them at our municipal artificial lake and others at Lake Saint Louis which is part of the Saint Lawrence River system. Montreal, an island, sits straddled by the river therefore, Montrealers have ample opportunities each year to see various waterfowl that return each Spring some to nest and breed on its shores. Before I forget, I also took a couple of pictures in Ottawa on the Rideau Canal, those are the ducks resting on the boards.