Project 365 – Day 172: A hot summer solstice on Mount Royal

June 20 2012

Well summer really did arrive today in Montreal, with thermometers climbing to over 32c (a new record) and with the humidity it was feeling like 40c.

Despite the hot conditions, I left the nice cool air conditioning for a walk up on Mount Royal, both this afternoon and again tonight for a picnic. So I think I got my exercise quota for the day.

The photo of the day was taken this evening just before the sun set over Lac aux Castors (Beaver Lake).

Child at Lac aux Castors

Child at Lac aux Castors

Even though I did lug my tripod both times with me up the mountain, rather than taking landscapes I ended up concentrating on shooting people enjoying the first day of summer…Okay, I did take a few HDR shots of Montreal skyline from the Kondiaronk Belvedere (I can never resist), but only sharing one that was taken around sunset. Since the sun sets over the other side of the mountain, this view is great for sunrises, but not so for sunsets – although for about 5 minutes just before the sunsets, some of the taller buildings glow orange. Unfortunately I missed my timing tonight.

Montreal Skyline from the Kondiaronk Belvedere

Montreal Skyline from the Kondiaronk Belvedere

The next set of images were taken during my first trip up the mountain at lunchtime.

Ice cream vendor at lac aux Castors

Ice cream vendor at lac aux Castors

Seeking shade at the Kondiaronk Belvedere

Seeking shade at the Kondiaronk Belvedere

A Needed refreshment

A Needed refreshment

Even at 8pm the temperature was still over 30c, but meant plenty of people out on Parc du Mount Royal enjoying the summer solstice evening.

Joggers at Lac aux Castors

Joggers at Lac aux Castors

Dog cooling down in Lac aux Castors

Dog cooling down in Lac aux Castors

Couple enjoying Montreal skyline

Couple enjoying Montreal skyline

Couple enjoying Montreal skyline

Couple enjoying Montreal skyline

Couple enjoying Montreal skyline

Couple enjoying Montreal skyline

Joggers taking a breather

Joggers taking a breather

Man-made vs Nature

Man-made vs Nature

Looks like it will be even hotter tomorrow :-) Hope you are having great weather wherever you are – even if down south and it’s winter ;-)

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Martin

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12 Comments

  1. Mark Mendonck June 21, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    Nice mood. Nice images.

  2. Ellis Pictures June 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Great shots here, love the child silhouette shot in particular, hope you enjoyed the warm weather, great work ;-)

    • Montreal in Pictures June 22, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      Thanks Steve….and still enjoying the warm weather, though not as hot today :-)

  3. confessionsofaballerunner June 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Love the rim lighting around the child re: Child at lac aux castors and the dog shaking the water off his fur. Very cool pics! Be curious to know what speed you shot the dog at. Cheers :-)

    • Montreal in Pictures June 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

      Hi and thanks for stopping by. The dog was shot at 1/250 at f5.6 with ISO 200.

      • confessionsofaballerunner June 22, 2012 at 7:50 am #

        Thanks! Taking a DSLR class, so trying to learn the technical aspects of shooting.

        • Montreal in Pictures June 22, 2012 at 9:21 am #

          Good luck with your DSLR class – don’t hesitate to ask me any questions should you be interested in knowing the specs for a specific shot.

  4. G! June 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Montreal, how could I left you? :(

    Thanks for making me smile when I remember the most wonderful months I spent in Montreal!
    Gostei muito das fotos! Congratulations!

    • Montreal in Pictures June 22, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit in Montreal and I was able to make you smile G! – you will have to return soon ;-)

      • G! July 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

        I wish I could return some day…