And Autumn Passes Into Winter…

Autumn is spectacular in Quebec.  Fortunately, I was able to get out and enjoy it in between work and attending a conference in Vancouver.  Since pictures speak a thousand words, I’ll share a few of the photos I took over the past three months.

Anyone know what these are?

I concluded my monthly visits to the Montreal Botanical Gardens in late September, catching the last of the vegetable gardens and the Dahlias.  It was also the start of the Chinese lantern festival and one of the best displays in the past five years. Unfortunately, I forgot my bike light so I could not stay until it was dark.

Thanksgiving weekend, we did a roadtrip up to Bois Franc for the annual Balade Gourmande during which local farms open their doors and sell their harvest goodies.  We visited a cranberry farm, a game fowl (pheasants, quail, guinea fowl, etc.) farm, Fromagerie du Presbytère, a coffee roaster (for D, of course), a flour mill and concluded with a deer farm.
Colourful pheasant at Faisanderie St. Albert
Right before leaving for Vancouver, I participated in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk.  I joined a group that walked around Atwater Market early Saturday morning.  It was a beautiful day, but it was too early for me to feel particularly creative.
Autumn at Atwater Market
That evening, I participated in my third Light the Night Walk. Our team raised over $2000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and we agreed it was the best walk out of the three years.
Although it’s not Quebec, I thought I may as well share a Fall photo from my week in Vancouver:
View of North Vancouver from the Conference Centre
For the past three years, I have had perfect weather for a photo walk on the first weekend of November.  This year… it was freezing cold!  However, the light was perfect for shooting reflections in the glass skyscrapers downtown.  It was one of the most creative photo walks I’ve had in a long time.
Place Ville-Marie
As the Christmas lights came out, I started to carry my camera in my work backpack so I could snap pictures of the lights as I walked around work and home.  The display along St. Catherine in the neighbourhood where I work is particularly festive:
Christmas Lights leading into The Village
I hope to get some photos with both lights and snow between Christmas and New Year.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
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