Montreal At Night

Night Lights on a Rainy Night In Montreal

I love walking around this city at night. So much that I often stay up to the wee hours of the morning, walking for miles on end and then stopping at an all-night internet cafe so I can communicate online. The Christmas season is rapidly approaching so by now all the stores are all decorated and waiting for Christmas shoppers. And for the most part they are not disappointed, for the Christmas shoppers are already out and about.

For you see- up here in the provinces there is no roast turkey and pumpkin pie at the end of November. That’s because Canadian Thanksgiving falls right on October 123. That’s right Columbus Day. I’m not sure I like the implication, but the home country sure doesn’t mind for the October is a long holiday and feast day not at all unlike our own Thanksgiving.

Well, anyway with no November Thanksgiving, there can be no “Black Friday” and so as a result the Christmas spirit doesn’t have to wait for the end of November to get rolling. And overall the transition is more gradual because it begins earlier.

Green Wreath At DesJardin Center

The Green wreath hangs above the entrance to the DesJardin Center. This place contains tons of glass and open space as well as a large Food Court with a free Wifi connection. It is good place to go in the morning where you can buy a cup of coffee or some sort of similar refreshment, take a seat and write meaningless blog material, just like I’m doing now.

Poissonnerie in Montreal
Poissonneriein Montreal on Sherbrooke Street
Night Lights in Montreal

And finally we come to this nocturnal explosion of color. Basically, the digital age has been a boon to nighttime image making. These cameras are not only very sensitive to night time shooting conditions, but the final image can be easily adjusted to create a more realistic color scheme.  I use a cheap Kodak Easy Share CX7430.

The camera has been good to me as it is a good nighttime shooter. However the images are not real sharp and a wicked paralax has developed so I can no longer shoot a daytime picture with a distant horizon line, for a wicked series of blobs develops towards the horizon when I do. As a result I shoot a lot of wall scenes and close-ups. I have my eye on a Panasonic Lumix with a Leica lens, but it may be awhile before I can afford one.

Hope you liked the images.

Rainbow Over Portland (Maine)

Rainbow in Portland Maine
Rainbow in Portland Maine

A huge intense rainbow formed today in Portland, Maine during a day that produced some very strange weather, here along the coast of Maine. On a day that saw mostly sunshine mixed with a few very brief periods of intense rain, a gorgeous rainbow formed across the city skyline late in the afternoon. The rainbow was full, but it was too near for me to capture the entire arc on film. It was simply immense in the way that it stretched from one end of the horizon to the other.

Of course there has to be a pot of gold at the other end, and I’m sure that a pot of gold must exist somewhere in the nearby environs just waiting to be found. But so far it has not be that his found any pot of gold.

Sometimes when I try to sell my writing or enter a short story contest, I feel like I am maybe searching for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. No big bonanza or contract yet, but still the money does roll in at a steady rate and perhaps even now at a slightly better rate than it did at this time last year.

Looking for an agent for my great American novel, now that is something akin to looking for the pot of gold at he end of rainbow. Odds of winning are a bit like winning the lottery, but alas, skill and persistence can effect the odds favorably on your behalf, but it’s still a long shot, no matter how talented and dedicated your are.

Today, I got an e-mail that drove this point home in away that was a little sad and forlorn. I got a letter from a writer who had written a novel and sent out 300 queries and received only three partial requests. However the sad part was that instead of deciding to write another novel, he had decided to set up an online writers collective, where other enterprising writers could join and sell thir work online as e-books or something like that. So far so good except that the price of this privilege was $500 per year. OUCH!!

Funny thing before the rainbow occurred this afternoon, I road my bicycle across a short causeway to an island that is close to my home. It located close to where the pot of gold might have been. I did not find any treasure, but then bring back a picture of some golden-colored leaves. They are everywhere this time of year.