Sunday, May 25, 2014

Glorious May

Profusion of Blossoms

I think May is the most glorious time of the year. The blossoms blow me away with their beauty. In every shade of pink these trees bring joy around the city.

Pinks

Walks are not quite as cardio-effective as I stop to admire each tree.

Gone to Seed

Even the dandelions bring beauty. Time to accept them as flowers and not as weeds. I love to see their sunny faces.

Reflections in the Lagoon

Finally the pond in the park near me is filled with water. Last year it was plagued with leaking and could not hold the water. The quiet reflections add to the peacefulness of the day. Each day new flowers grow, the trees grow their blooms then drop their petals. The magnolias are now just trees with leaves. These fruit trees are taking their time in the spotlight. Lilacs are sharing their heady scent. The scene keeps changing - the merry month of May.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Art Installation

Towards the museum

For the last three years an art installation of this ilk has been installed on du Musée. The lower part of the street is closed to traffic and the whole area becomes a sculpture exhibit. I did not particularly like the installations the last two years. They were supposed to represent flowers, but unless you were standing in exactly the right spot it just looked like a jumble of colour. I do like this year's installation - very geometric with a surprise.

From the museum

The backs of each piece are a different colour so the shapes and colours change as you move. Fun!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Through Parc Bois-de-Liesse

Fern

Take a walk with me through Bois-de-Liesse where the forest is coming to life.

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A carpet of trilliums covers the forest floor. It is definitely the height of the trillium season. Some are starting to fade into pink.

Fading

We spotted one red trillium; its bloom was drooping down.

Red Trillium

New growth - changes from day to day.


New Growth


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I had to keep stopping to admire. The only drawback were the mosquitoes that have emerged from the still waters. I am afraid there are a few less than when we arrived. Some of my swatting hit the mark.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Trillium Time

Trillium

Trillium time - the bright white flowers blanket the slopes in Summit Park. A profusion of blooms, a flurry of flowers.


Profusion of Trilliums

Catch them while they are here. They don't last long!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Magnolias Opening

Magnolia

I had to stop and look. A magnolia just demands attention. Spring is rushing into summer weather. You can almost watch the changes happening. By afternoon when I passed this tree the blooms were wide open. You have to appreciate these while they are there for the wind and the rain may make their stay short-lived.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

First Blossoms

First Blossoms

Blossom covered trees take my breath away. And the first ones sighted are magical. The delicacy, the ephemeral nature, the feeling of joy after a long winter... I just have to stop and drink in their beauty.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Row Houses

Row Houses

Each house similar, yet each finds ways to express a different personality. Colour, architectural details, the front garden - each contribute to making a unique statement.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hockey Season

Hockey Time

We got past an election, a winter that never seemed to end and now we are into hockey season. Many cars are sporting their Canadiens flag. If there is one thing that unites Montrealers, it is their love of the beloved team. Even our buses travel the city with Go Canadiens Go flashing on the front.

Next game: today at 7:00. Many will be glued to the TV.

Friday, May 2, 2014

First Green

First Greens

There is something special about the first pale greens of spring. They are late this year and thus all the more welcome.