Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Looking Around

Shadows and Reflections

Photos: June 14, 2015

I went to see the murals, but there was so much more to see! I always like to look at architecture, to see the details, the way buildings have character. This one also had  interesting angles, reflections and shadows - so much to catch my eye. I converted it to black and white - below is the colour version - which do you prefer?



It was a colourful day with a perfect blue sky and brightly coloured wares trying to catch your attention.

Have a Seat

Chairs, clothing, and the aromas of street food cooking! A feast for the senses.


Arms Behind Your Back

And people watching...This woman walked purposefully down the street, her arms behind her back. I couldn't resist the juxtaposition of this man, arms behind his back, but in much more modern attire.

Front Door

Doors, gardens and more invite a stop and stare through the camera lens. I must take time to explore other areas of my city.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mural Festival 2015

Mural I

Photos: June 14, 2015

This is the third year that Montreal is holding a mural festival. St. Laurent, one of our major arteries has been closed for 11 days for several blocks with a combination muralfest, street festival and Fringe Festival. Some of the murals from previous years are still visible; others have been painted over.

Mural II

It's fun to see the many different styles. Many seem to favour the slightly macabre. Sunday, the day of my walk, was the last day of the festival so most of the murals had been completed.

Working on the Mural

We did come across this work in progress. In the background is another mural.

Mural IV

Social commentary, abstract, cartoon - every style can be found as you walk the neighbourhood.

Mural III

These are just a few of the many - it is a delight to tour the area.

Now if those graffiti ego trippers would leave these murals alone... No tagging, please!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

At the Summit

At the Summit

Photos: June 13, 2015

My walk yesterday took me to the top of Westmount Mountain (mountain being somewhat of a misnomer - according to this site it is 201 m or 659 ft high). Still it was a good climb. I've been wearing a fitbit for some time and find it does motivate me to walk more. The climb from where I live gave me about 50 flights of stairs.

Puddles

I love all the things I notice when I walk. This section used to be a road for cars. It will slowly become part of the woods under a three year plan.

Shadows

Reflections and shadows- things that are not there and yet we see them. Lots to muse about as I walk...

Friday, June 12, 2015

No Respect

No Respect

As anyone who reads my blog knows, I love public art. This sculpture attracted my attention when I first saw it. I featured it here. Now it is defaced by a tagger who has no respect for the work of others.

I am outraged by this attitude. And it is prevalent - whether it is defacing other people's art work or defacing buildings taggers destroy. In contrast are murals by street artists - that is something to celebrate.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fauna: Parc-nature-de-Île-Bizard

In Flight

Photos: June 3, 2015

I'm not much of a birder. I can identify the most common birds (robins, crows, pigeons...) but many others were just birds to me. After training my camera lens on the variety I saw in the park, I felt compelled to learn more. Above is an eastern kingbird. We saw several on our walk.

Stopping for a Drink

I am not sure what this one is. He stopped to have a drink.

Who Is There?

There a number of bird houses around the park. This tree swallow was checking things out from the safety of his home.

Tree Swallow

while this one was flitting from tree to tree.

Barn Swallow

A barn swallow was enjoying the sunshine. It was chirping away on this tree branch.

Eastern Kingbird

Another eastern kingbird did not want to pose. When it stopped to groom a bit, I managed to take its picture.

Geese

It takes patience to photograph birds. It's another part of the zen experience of walking through nature. Stop, wait, focus, snap and then try again and again.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Flora in Parc Nature de l'Île-Bizard

Visiting the Iris

Photos: June 3, 2015 

It has been a while since I visited the nature park on Île Bizard. I went with my friend Judy. As we both go with cameras, neither of us minds the constant stopping to look, to find the subject and just to be. We may not have added up as many steps as walking at a steady pace, but we gained in getting in that zen space of being in the moment.

Snail

It takes time to notice things. I would not have seen this snail had I just walked straight ahead. The camera stills my thoughts, focuses me.

Distortions

It clears my head to see things differently, to find the ambiguous, to revel in the details.

More Reflections

David Suzuki says we should spend at least 30 minutes in nature each day. While I don't always manage that, I do know that even stopping to enjoy the flowers on my balcony or those indoors, calms my mind and lowers stress.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

At the Quartier des Spectacles

Quartier des spectacles

Photos: May 26, 2015

I walked through the Quartier des Spectacles on my way to the metro after a concert of Les Boréades (not the sort usually held in this outdoor space). I love to see the side of this building - each "window" featuring a well-known musician. This is the area where the outdoor concerts are held for the Montreal Jazz Festival and many of these artists have performed in Montreal.


Fountains

It was a hot night. The rows of red are fountains. Both on my way to and from the concert I saw children playing in the water - fun to see their joy.


Fountains at Night

We are fortunate in Montreal to have such a vibrant downtown, places where people can gather and enjoy the warm evenings and take pleasure in the visual delights. When festivals are on, and there are many in Montreal, this area is really hopping with crowds and music! and the fountains retreat....