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…as if I had wings… © Sharon Boswall

“I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.” (Mary Oliver ~ Owls and Other Fantasies). 

This weekend is the last for the annual Papillons en Liberté exhibit at our Botanical Gardens and I hope to get a chance to visit.  I usually get there much earlier than this (I had a hard time finding a charger for my camera’s battery)  so I am afraid there will not be too many different species of butterflies and the greater number of them will be Paper Kites (a.k.a. Rice Paper) like the one in the last photo in this trio. I don’t really mind… it’s not just about the photos but also very much about the experience and being that close to such beautiful and fragile little creatures.  Cannot help but wonder what they think of us - probably not as excited to see us as we are them!

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California KHA 170 © Sharon Boswall

How FAR would you GO??  Ohhh, you like what I did there? Okay, never mind then… would the owner of California plate KHA 170 please report to the garden centre so we can  prune your front grill… talk about driving “green”.  The title of this submission (Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal) from the California Polytechnic State Univeristy in San Luis Obispo was: Farmers: The People Who Feed the World.

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Hold your horses (and your goats and sheep) © Sharon Boswall

More from the beautiful Mosaïcultures Internationales which I hope comes back to Montréal again soon… in the meantime, I wish I had a job that found me knee deep in rudbeckia all day, every day  – what a dream.

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Red by Sharon
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After Tuesday’s all day/all night snowstorm which dumped over 40 centimeters of drifting snow on us, I have to remind myself of just how pretty winter can be.  hard not to want to run like this guy considering what Snowmageddon left behind – endless unplowed sidewalks and streets, people stuck on a number of our highways from Tuesday evening until the early hours of Wednesday morning because some brainiac decided to close them for cleaning but neglected to advise that there happened to be over 800 cars stuck on that stretch of highway they wanted to clean.  I had to shovel through snow up to my waist to make a path to be able to get out onto the street which was the only walkable area and man, do not even get me started about public transit and the horror that is. Just a few short days ago, I could see my back yard’s exposed lawn and now it is completely inundated in white again. UGH!!!   I am so, so, SO ready for Spring.

Saturday at the Museum II

© 2017 Sharon Boswall

The new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at the MMFA is exquisite - each room is designed in such a manner as to showcase the art it contains and I kept coming back to this room… and I was also thrilled to see two of my absolute favourite paintings in the museum’s collection - James J.J. Tissot’s “October” and William Adolphe Bouguereau’s “Crown of Flowers” sharing the adjacent wing…

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No Cirque for you! by Sharon
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…so, the Cirque de Soleil is in the Vieux-Port with their new show Volta and, apparently a new tent which is white and blue.  I know how I feel when they debut a new show in their home base of Montréal but not quite sure how I feel about them changing their iconic blue and yellow tent.  This image remains one of my favourites from a few years back and I remember exactly where I was standing when I got this and I was absolutely giddy with the fact that I had two iconic and familiar symbols of my city in the shot….and, oh yeah, cannot wait to see the new show!  See you under the big top, yeah?

Comes in Colours Everywhere

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Interior of our Palais des congrès here in Montreal - a center for exhibitions, conventions, etc.  I could stand inside this place all day - it’s like living inside a rainbow.  When the sun is shining, it’s warm and wonderful and everything surrounding and everyone in the vicinity is awash in a sea of colours.  Someone, quick, tell the lovers and the dreamers I’ve found it - the rainbow connection - it’s real!

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Softer still by Sharon
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Up close and personal…

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Softly by Sharon
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Tulips, I love tulips… if I cannot have Spring outside, I insist on having it inside…

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Saturday at the Museum by Sharon
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At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday - went to the Chagall Exhibition - plenty of colour and also, plenty of people much to the detriment of being able to enjoy the Exhibition. I need to become a morning person.

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Cardinal Rule by Sharon
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I spent a little time by the river the past few days - it was nice and there were not too many people around except for the odd person x-country skiing or just out strolling like me. It was still relatively mild unlike today (and the return to work) - temps are hovering around -25C with the windchill. Must say I am glad to be indoors - not necessarily happy to be back at work but it is quiet and the traffic was light this morning. I imagine there are many who are still enjoying some remaining days of vacation. This lovely evergreen is one I have taken photos of many times. I would venture to say it is probably my second favourite tree by the river after my willow - oh, wait, since the willow was cut down last year and no longer exists as a cool spot to read on sultry summer days, I guess this officially makes the pine my fave. Oh, yeah, we finally got snow. Lots and lots of snow. C'est l'hiver.

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Bustin’ Out by Sharon
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Still obsessed with alliums…especially the rebel variety!!

Delicious Autumn © Sharon Boswall (iammacgirl on Flickr)

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” [Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]” ― George Eliot

Hope all my Canadian contacts had themselves a happy (and delicious) Thanksgiving Day.  This long weekend passed by so very quickly.  I did, however, manage a brief but welcome 45 minute walk by the river today.  Photos to follow in the days ahead as time allows.  Meantime, there’s always this glimpse of autumn’s splendour from the site of Terrasses Bonsecours along rue de la Commune and the Old Port. 

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2017 Papillons en Liberté - Cattleheart (Parides arcas) by Sharon
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Climb every mountain… could not get closer to this wee winged cutie and the focus was not as spot on as I would have liked due to the constant jostling by people trying to position themselves and as it was I was stepping where I should not have been stepping… still, I kinda like the rosy spots on those delicate wings and how they coordinates with its thorax. Pink really is the new black… kinda looks a bit like this little fella has it’s own personal aurora borealis going on back there!!

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2017 Papillons en Liberté Blue Morpho by Sharon
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Blue plate (okay, maybe turquoise if you wanna be technical) but I am not sharing… not one slice.  Le sigh… so frayed, still pretty.