October 26, 2017: S.A.D. (Seasonal Appreciation Display)

Isn't it good just to be alive on a day like this? I pity the people who aren't born yet for missing it. – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


Near Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, QC


Near Val-Morin, QC


When it comes to farmers' markets, Marché Jean-Talon is without equal for ambience and authenticity. It’s my go-to place for the freshest produce and the finest people watching. On a picture-perfect day, I notice a woman pushing her bicycle through the crowds, its basket overflowing with fall flowers. I quickly raise the camera and trip the shutter, then invite her to look at the back screen to review the image. She appears happy with the result. I ask for her email address to send her the photo. Later, I am pleasantly surprised to receive this response: “Thank you. I love it! It was a good day for me, and a good period in my life. You caught a moment that will represent this great time, a souvenir I will cherish.”


Montreal, QC


Mid-September, the air is still and the temperature warmer than usual. Southern Quebec is unexpectedly playing host to millions of winged visitors. Painted lady butterflies that typically fly right over the Saint Lawrence Lowland on their migration to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico, take an extended break to feast on nectar and wait for the winds to pick up. Mesmerized by the vivid markings on their wings, it is only after shifting my focus to their eyes as if taking a portrait of a person, do I fully appreciate the highly detailed features that make this beautiful creature all the more remarkable. 

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Westmount, QC

Walking through the Quartier des Spectacles in early October, I'm surprised to find fountains popular with children during summer heatwaves, still in operation. Three dance students from Concordia University decide to give a spur-of-the-moment performance incorporating controlled streams of water into their choreography. Without warning, the pressure surges. In the best show-must-go-on tradition they persevere, significantly wetter, albeit wiser and warier. 


Montreal, QC 


Canadian university football = camarderie, achievement and fun!


Montreal, QC


Past the point when many birches are sporting yellow leaves, these trees lining a private drive stubbornly remain green. 


Near Saint-Anicet, QC


The beauty of the trees,

the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass,

speaks to me.

 – Chief Dan George, My Heart Soars


Near Ayer's Cliff, QC


Near Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, QC


October's orchestra plays softly on

The northern forest with its thousand strings...

 – Pauline Johnson, Autumn's Orchestra


Near Saint-Didace, QC


The geese have flown. Autumn flies with them. And now its symphony grows fainter but is not quite finished. – Bruce Hutchison, Canada, A Year of the Land


Near Saint-Didace, QC


Hampstead, QC


Ah! the clock is always slow;

It is later than you think...

– Robert W. Service, It is Later Than You Think


Montreal, QC


Near Labelle, QC


The coda:


Montreal, QC


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The Parting Shot:

October 15 at 11 a.m., RCAF airmen change the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the National War Memorial. The ceremony takes place on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning April 9 (the start of the Battle of Vimy Ridge) and ending November 10. 


Ottawa, ON


November 11 is Remembrance Day, a time to reflect, commemorate and honour. 


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