Today I have the last shots that were taken in May (shot on May 26, 29 and 31) that include images of; Mount Royal, Dorchester Square, Philipps Square and views from a car park on rue Saint Antoine.
The forecasters were warning of thunderstorms, so I decided to go up on Mount Royal in the hope of trying to catch some thunder clouds and lightning approaching Montreal. Unfortunately the storm didn’t materialize, unlike the apocalyptic storm that hit us Tuesday – which unfortunately I missed getting any shots of 🙁
The first shot was taken on the path that leads up to the Camillien Houde lookout. I wanted to get the yellow flowers in the foreground as well as the stadium in focus but with the tree line blurred. With this in mind, I took 2 exposures (1 focused on the stadium and the other on the flowers) and then merged the layers using Photoshop Elements.
Since the storm was supposed to have been coming from the North West, I headed to the lookout on the other side of the mountain.
Looking out toward the Saint Joseph’s Oratory, the shades of green of the trees in the Notre Dames des Neiges Cemetery caught my attention.
Having given up on my storm chasing idea, I headed over to Beaver Lake. On the way I stopped to grab a shot of the wild flowers (I believe they are Trillium’s, but I may be wrong) growing in the forest.
The shades of green around Lac aux Castors were particularly vibrant. I’m looking forward to having many picnics up here this summer.
As I was making my way to the Kondiaronk Belvédère I passed these gentlemen and the guy in front wearing a green turban and white clothing contrasted beautifully against the dark background of the forest. I waited until they passed a line of trees to make for a more interesting composition.
I decided to add some selective streaking using Topaz Labs Lens Effects to add a bit more punch to the image.
Since I was in a bit of a rush, I stopped only briefly at the chalet lookout to get a shot of the skyline.
May 29 was a beautiful sunny morning and I was downtown early so popped over to Dorchester Square which was looking great in the morning light.
Just across boulevard René-Lévesque, work has started on renovating Place du Canada.
The work is scheduled to take 18 months and cost around $9 million. Being the former Saint Antoine Cemetery, an interesting note in regard to the work involved, is that around 150-200 bodies are to be moved and reinterred in Notre-Dames-des-Neiges Cemetery…although there’s believed to be up to 38,000 human remains beneath the park.
The same landscape architecture firm that carried out the recent Dorchester Square renovation are also in charge of the Place du Canada project. The renovation includes the planting of nearly 100 trees, granite walkways, lawns, flower gardens and new lighting.
After Dorchester Square, I passed by Phillips Square
Rue Saint Denis and rue Saint Antoine
Following brunch on Saturday May 31, we headed down rue Saint Denis.
Near the new CHUM site, there’s an entrance leading to the tunnel that runs from the Champ de Mars Metro to the south side of rue Saint Antoine. The circular opening in the outside wall drew my attention.
That wraps up shots taken up to the end of May. I’ll try to get a few more posts up this week in order to catch up with shots taken over the last week.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.
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