Mother Night

Was in the vicinity of a used bookstore the other day so I went in for a look. I was in search of some paperbacks to end the summer. I checked out the racks, starting at the end of the alphabet, and tried to find some Vonneguts but nothing jumped out at me – so I asked the clerk for some help.

She came back a few moments later with a copy of Mother Night and said that was all she had. I barely noticed some scribbling on the title page and it reminded me of how much I hate it when people deface books by highlighting or underlining. In this case it looked like doodling. It was only when I got home that I took a better look and realized I had scored a Kurt Vonnegut autograph from 1995! Not bad for a 3 buck purchase.

Bonsecours Market

Old Montreal’s Bonsecours Market.

Bonsecours Market from the Old Port. Click for full size.

Bonsecours Market (French: Marché Bonsecours), at 350 rue Saint-Paul in Old Montreal, is a two-story domed public market. Named for the adjacent Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, it opened in 1847. Construction began in 1844 by architect William Footner, and was completed in 1860 by George Browne. Bonsecours Market housed City Hall between 1852 and 1878.


Canadian Lynx or hybrid? This pussy cat looks like a Blynx to me: possibly a hybrid of a bobcat (Lynx rufus) and a Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis).

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Lil Vermin

Encountered a tribe of squirrels that lives under “rock caves” off the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Pacific Grove and Carmel California. Shot this little guy as he popped into view.

California Ocean Squirrel? Click for full size.

Old Montreal

An overcast and muggy day, not the best conditions lighting-wise, but what the hell. Morning and early afternoon spent in Old Montreal and the Old Port. Lunch is at the Jardins Nelson.

Dome of Bonsecours Market. Click for full size.

Painting in the Rue des Artistes. Click for full size.

Freighter in the Old Port. Click for full size.


It was the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival this year. In SF I got the opportunity to take a photo of the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets.

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Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco, California, USA, named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets. The district is famous for its role as a center of the 1960s hippie movement, a post-runner and closely associated offshoot of the Beat generation or beat movement, members of which swarmed San Francisco’s “in” North Beach neighborhood two to eight years before the “Summer of Love” in 1967.