Friday, July 01, 2016

Something to do with Shark Week?

Nope, the sign says that it's the "end" of the construction zone. My walk was taking me closer to old Montréal, out of the transitional neighborhood and into the more touristy part of the waterfront. I was also getting hungry and wondering where I would find a place to eat.

I looked, but I didn't see any sharks.

I did find a little café, but I still had some walking to do. So here we go.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Railroad bridge number two

This is the other rail bridge over the Lachine Canal, right next to the section I posted yesterday. It looks to be in the same state of (dis)repair as the first. I think these tracks lead into Montréal's Central Station downtown, so this would be an actively used bridge.

The western flank of the bridge. That's part of yesterday's bridge on the right.

The graffiti artists/taggers have had a good time here as well. I wonder if there will come a time when this type of "art" goes out of fashion and people stop doing it. What will they do instead?

A close up of the graffiti. Notice the water bottle tucked inside the structure?

Our weather continues to be chilly and wet. No big rains or flooding danger, just light rain, drizzle actually, and high temperatures that flirt with 70ºF. I'm already looking ahead for a window in which to cut the grass again. It's loving this weather and growing at a steady clip (pun intended).

The eastern flank of the bridge.

Meanwhile, in the vineyard, the grape vines have set flower. Barring any really bad weather, grapes should form soon. Looks like a lot, too, so many of them will end up cut away, discarded, to ensure the proper yield.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Railroad bridge

There's something about old railroad bridges. They are practical, no nonsense, form-follows-function structures. And they can be beautiful. This one, over the Lachine Canal in Montréal, is covered with graffiti. Still, it's nice.

If you look real close, you can see a dummy perched inside the center structure.

This is one of two railroad bridges over the canal that I saw on my walk. I think it was a pivoting bridge, able to be turned out of the way of passing canal traffic. There are no longer any tracks on either side of the canal for it to connect to, and it's turned in the "open" position, I'm guessing permanently. I'll post some photos of the other bridge tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Syncopated rhythm

The longer I stare at this image, the more patterns I see. Horizontally. Vertically. Even the graffiti has a rhythm to it. I wonder what this building would look like with the windows unshuttered.

Look at the texture in that stone wall just above the waterline.

Are you getting tired of this part of Montréal? I realize that these are not typical "tourist" images. I still have a way to go, so bear with me.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Glass and steel

I've shown this group of high-rises before, but I thought that this perspective was interesting. The buildings on the right and left are new residential mid-rises on the canal. The tall buildings behind are on the western edge of downtown. I was approaching the neighborhood called Griffintown at this point in my walk.

Lots of glass, steel, and concrete. The Bell Center (bottom middle) is the home of the Montréal Canadiens hockey team.

When Ken and I were in Montréal in 2012, we had dinner at a trendy restaurant in Griffintown called "Le Hangar." The restaurant is gone now, but I remember it being located in an old one-story building, surrounded by boarded up warehouses and vacant lots. The neighborhood was already changing, but none of these new mid- and high-rise residential buildings were there then.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

C'est le cas de le dire

I don't think there's any doubt that this is a construction zone, but just in case, there's a sign to let you know.

Downtown Montréal seen from the canal corridor.

On Saturday, I moved our empty greenhouse tent from out by the vegetable garden to a spot up against the house. Now it's on a more level spot and is easier to get to. And it's not empty any more. We're keeping our basil plants inside because they like it hot. And I planted some catnip seeds just for fun.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A couple more

Here are two more shots from the vicinity of the Saint Gabriel Lock on Montréal's Lachine Canal. There are no stories to tell, just views. I like the first one as an example of blending old and new construction in the neighborhood. The second is a long look down toward the river and the port. That's the direction I was heading.

The old industrial look is incorporated into a new development.

I still have a long walk ahead!