Attaching the electrodes of knowledge to the nipples of ignorance.
Trip to Montreal Feb 19-20, 2005
I just love the open structure of the Ottawa train station.
Passing a freight train.
The bridge near Pierrefonds, Qc
A church a few minutes away from the station in Montreal
A look downtown.
Inside the station, as the train pulls in.
Inside the Montreal train station.
The electronic board for arrivals and departures.
A look outside somewhere in the underground mall.
Hey, it is us!
Nope, can’t go anywhere in Montreal without tripping over a church.
Hydro Qubec has some funny ideas. Here, they are trying to heat up the area with electric heaters. That promotes the efficient use of power!
The Metro. I love Montreal’s Metros. I wish Ottawa had one.
Looking down the tracks.
The Olympic Stadium (that Quebecers are *still* paying for). An interesting structure.
Finally, we’ve made it!
My camera lens fogged up like crazy when we entered the first section, which is hot and humid. The literature here called them “Water Babies”. They are actually called Capybara (or Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), the largest of the living rodents.
There are at least a pair, but only one Golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) would pose for the photo long enough for me to clear the fog off the lens.
A pair of Scarlet macaws (Ara macao).
This clock has been there for as long as I can remember.
Pygocentrus nattereri (Serrasalmus nattereri) also known as the Red Bellied Piranha. I *so* want one! Look out Boing!
A Purple gallinule (Porphyrula martinic),
Two Yacare caimans (Caiman sclerops yacare).
Probably Yellow spotted Amazone turtles, but I’m not positive.
I *think* this is a Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush), but I’m not 100% sure. I should have looked for a sign.
One of a pair of playful River Otters (Lutra canadensis). They seemed to be having a great time playing.
Lookie! It’s us and Sara!
A common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). Apparently, these birds don’t get along will with others, so they had to be separated from the others. hehe.
A porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) up in a tree, hard at work, sleeping.
The beaver (Castor canadensis), which my sister has never seen on any of her visits to the Biodome. Lucky us!
Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus) – what a huge fish!
People checking out the St. Laurence Marine Ecosystem. An impressive collection of fish!
Part of the display for the St Laurence Marine Ecosystem.
A rock crab (Cancer irroratus) – that one was hard to figure out.
A view of the set up inside the St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem.
Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) having a good ole time.
I suspect these are King Eiders (Somateria spectabilis), but they weren’t very cooperative with me.
last minute Toronto bound passengers
I think the Penguins are on strike – most of them had their backs turned to us most of the time we were there. On strike or they were being punished.
Not to harp on it but.. Harps are cool to look at!
Candles @ Sara’s…
Post-brunch, we went on a walk on a trail off the north end of Trim Road, where we were looking for some owls that have been reported in the area. Didn’t see any, but it was a nice walk and the moon was out.
When Beavers Attack!
Running water? In February? It is coming out of a drainage pipe.
Does this trail end?
A lovely ramp.
The sun rising over our train to Montreal.
Inside the car.
The window is a bit dirty, but the landscape is nice.
Alexandria – a nice little town where many moons ago, I went to a restaurant called the Priest’s Mill, where I first experienced well-made french onion soup.