Project 365 – Day 117: Sunrise over Montreal

April 26 2012

A bit late posting yesterdays images, but since it was my birthday and Guinness was involved, I think I can be excused ;)

I have to say, I’m not a morning person and normally require 3 coffees to face the forthcoming day (and at least 7 hours sleep). But today yesterday was special in that it was my birthday and I had set my mind to getting up at 5am to walk to the top of Mount Royal and catch the sun rising over downtown Montreal. What I hadn’t accounted for was that I would have only 3 hours sleep the night before and up in time to grab a single coffee. But I had a plan and was intent on sticking to it.

Even though I’ve lived in Montreal now for 13 years (-4 days), this was actually the first time I made it up Mount Royal to see a sunrise. Given that the summit is only a 30 minute brisk hike from home I really should do it more often – although getting up earlier than 5 may mean I won’t be doing it again until late summer/autumn.

Since it was still pitch black out, I wasn’t even sure the sunrise would be worth it. As I made my way up the flights of stairs to the chalet look out I could see the sky was completely clear with a few clouds – not promising for a memorable sunrise, but I had come this far, so to the summit I climbed.

Sunrise over Montreal

Sunrise over Montreal

Emergiing skyscrapers

Emergiing skyscrapers

Ramp to the trees

Ramp to the trees

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Hi Spy Viewing machine

Hi Spy Viewing machine

Bronze book commemorating the naming of Mount Royal

Bronze book commemorating the naming of Mount Royal

Bronze book commemorating the naming of Mount Royal

Bronze book commemorating the naming of Mount Royal

Montreal at sunrise

Montreal at sunrise

Hi Spy Viewing machine at sunrise on Mount Royal

Hi Spy Viewing machine at sunrise on Mount Royal

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Montreal skyline at sunrise

Bronze book commemorating the naming of Mount Royal

Bronze book commemorating the naming of Mount Royal

Saint Lawrence river at sunrise

Saint Lawrence river at sunrise

Hi Spy Viewing machine at sunrise

Hi Spy Viewing machine at sunrise

I’m glad I made the effort and was a great way to start celebrating the beginning of another year of life, and finishing the day with friends and Guinness rounded off a perfect day – even if it meant I’m now playing blog post catch-up.

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

- Martin

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2 Comments

  1. Sunelly_Sims May 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Hi Martin,

    I´ve stumbled upon your blog at “Freshly Pressed” on WP. I must say, you have very beautiful and stunning pictures here! I´m just very enthusiastic! A wonderful photoblog – I will follow! These pictures of sunrise are also beautiful, no words can say, how I like them! I can´t wait to see your new blogposts.
    Great work!

    Cheers,
    Sunelly Sims
    from Germany

    • Montreal in Pictures May 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      I don’t know how my blog became “freshly pressed” but it did wonders for my traffic :) Thank you for your kind comments. I was glad to have made the effort for those sunrise shots :-)

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