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April Photo Challenge: Smile

It’s the end of another month which calls for another quintet of photos for P.J.’s Monthly Photo Challenge. This month’s theme is “Smile”.

“That’ll be easy!”, thought I. After all, spring is here and lots of people will be out and about flashing their smiles in the glorious sun as it warms their pasty arms and legs. Well, I was wrong about that since Winter appears to have only just ended.

About an hour ago.

So anyway, since no one smiled at all, all month, here are some things that made/ make me smile.

1. Random Horse Graffiti. Spotted this little guy hanging out on the corner of the old National Quebec Library. What does it mean? Discuss.

horse graffiti

2. Leftover Bridges – The old CN Port Bridge used to pivot back in those heady industrialized days of the Lachine Canal, but it’s clearly no longer in operation. I like this bridge and therefore it’s smile worthy. The canal itself is being revitalized and all kinds of nasty mysteries have been dredged from its murky waters. Murder! Intrigue! Silt!

lachine canal train bridge

3. More Sneer than Smile – This is one of two new statues by Marc André Jacques Fortier which have been recently installed in Place d’Armes . He stands with an air of condescension, nose pointed skyward. He also holds an English Pug in one arm. It means something. At the moment, I do not know what that is.

smirk english pug statue Marc André Jacques Fortier


4. Rat’s Eye View – No, there weren’t actually any rats, but the streets were deserted and I like cobblestones. Therefore = smile.

no rats cobblestone street

5. The Poke – Everyone loves swinging on a swing. These particular swings make strange musical sounds as you swing to and fro. It’s like having your own personal circus, which = smile. Unless the circus brings back traumatic clown memories, in which case = frown.

poke urban swings balancoires montreal quartier des spectacles

That is all.  Now go see who else participated over at P.J.’s

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  • I always love your photos. Very cool assortment. The little horse is interesting. Swings that have music? Who knew?

  • Great pictures to make us smile, too. My favorites are the bridge and the cobblestones. 🙂

  • There are some great shots here, Mike. (Well they all are, really.) I love the bridge, street and statue in particular. I think I was near that street a little while back having dinner at Stash Cafe.

  • I like the swingers, isn’t swinging just so much fun? But I like the horse even more. It’s mysterious and pretty, and now I kind of want one.

  • You always have such lovely photos. I love the cobblestones, if I had to choose just one 🙂

  • Thanks, Cheryl. Check out the video if you want to hear what the swings sound like:

  • Thanks Linda. The bridge is a great thing to admire. It seems kind of out of place, but I’m glad that it’s still there.

  • Thank Dufus. I can’t even remember what street this is, but I’m sure it’s just around the corner. One of the great things about Old Montreal is how compact it is.

  • Swinging is great, but it has its ups and downs (OMG I can’t believe I just said that). I’ll try to get you a horsey, but the slab is probably REALLY heavy.

  • Thanks Babs, I’m glad we still have a fair amount of these streets.

  • ReformingGeek

    Hee Hee. This made me SMILE! I want a swing for my backyard. Oh, and a horse….sculpture or something. Those cobblestones? Please don’t route your foot races on those things, ‘K?

    Great photos!

  • Lisa

    I love #4 and #5! The perspective in A Rat’s Eye view is fantastic and really made me smile. Swings that play musaz? Definitely smile-worthy…with our without the poke! 🙂

  • Paul Myers

    I particularly like the graffiti covered bridge. Well done graffiti always makes me smile.

  • I LOVE graffiti and “old” … that is an awesome picture. The rat’s eye view is hysterical…. love that. And the swing? That is absolutely the BEST… I love the movement… the look of it… it made me smile!

  • GeoKs

    What a great selection of shots, especially the mysterious horse. Maybe it’s a stealth ad for Odysseo, the Equestrian Spectacular by Cavalia? The tent for that is set up here in Calgary right now. 130 massive trucks and trailers are required to move the show from city to city.

    I like all your night shots and think that every city should have at least one set of swings like the one you share with us.


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