Skip to main content

Photo Challenge - April

Oh my God, it's the end of the month already? Hell I thought there was one more day. That's what happens when your birthday is on the 28th. You're still hung over on the 30th! There, did I make you smile? That's the theme of this month's photo challenge from P.J.

Now, let's see, what made me smile this month?

How about my grandson, Miko, who we took out for breakfast after his hockey game. He has a whole different concept when you ask him to "smile" for a picture.

This is the other side of the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel in Montreal. It goes under the St. Lawrence River. It's a little disconcerting to see water dripping down throughout the tunnel. It gives Mrs D fits. But she was driving and I was...smiling.

There was just something photogenic about this guy at the Montreal Planetarium. He was smiling. At leafs I think that's a smile. Can you imagine how much toothpaste this guy would have to use. That thought made me smile.

In the middle of this picture is a CD by Brian Wilson called "Smile". There's a bit of a history to this CD. Wilson started work on it in 1966. It was to be the next Beach Boys album after Pet Sounds. Wilson's instability via mental illness and drugs is well known. The project was never completed...until finally in 2004 Wilson got it together, literally, finished the album with the help of Van Dyke Parks and released it. It won a Grammy.

I don't know about you but I like a good horror story from time to time. Things that go bump in the night, monsters under the bed and all that.  Lucky for me my monsters under my bed are happy monsters.

See everybody next month!


babs (beetle) said…
What is the green stuff in your grandson's mouth? A boy after my own heart and it makes me a tad nervous when I see water trickling down into a tunnel as well as your wife!
nonamedufus said…
It's a slice of watermelon, Babs. I also have a pic of him with an orange slice.

That tunnel was most disconcerting. We went through it twice!
mike said…
Cool photos. I haven't been through that tunnel in YEARS, but now I don't have to. And I'm a sucker for dinosaur skulls. I should pay the new planetarium a visit.
nonamedufus said…
We hit that tunnel on the way to and from Victoriaville for Easter.
ReformingGeek said…
That dinosaur looks like my cat. Well, not quite. The cat doesn't like watermelon and he certainly isn't smiling.


I'm claustrophobic but I love tunnels. Hm.....

Nice job on the photos!
Lisa said…
Your selection definitely made me smile today! I love your grandson's interpretation.
nonamedufus said…
You're cat's dead and all you're left with is its head??
nonamedufus said…
Well at least breakfast was peaceful this way!
Cheryl P. said…
Those are great examples for the prompt. Your grandson has the sweetest face. That picture is too cute for words.
nonamedufus said…
When he and his younger twin brothers get together look out!
Paul Myers said…
I was wondering whether someone was going to post a shot of someone with an orange in their mouth and you did one better and got a slice of watermelon to resemble a smile. Then, I look below and see you've also posted an Orange bonus shot. Well done.
Ha ha ha happy monsters under your bed!!! That dinosaur sure knows how to smile. Bet he had huge dental bills!!!

Miko knows how to smile!!!!
nonamedufus said…
I liked the watermelon shot over the orange shot. My little one is quite a character and a fantastic hockey player!
nonamedufus said…
I couldn't pass up using that dinosaur pic. Amazing, isn't it?
GeoKs said…
Most excellent representations of smiles! That dinosaur is tops, IMHO. And the monster under the bed? A very close second. Way to go!
nonamedufus said…
I kinda liked that monster under the bed. Much better than when I was growing up.

Popular posts from this blog

My Back Pages - November

I read five books last month bringing my year to date total to 61, well past the 50 I estimated at the beginning of the year. And I've yet to get through December.

The month started out with The Nix, the debut novel by Nathan Hill which has been receiving a lot off positive reviews. In it Hill flips back and fourth from the 1968 Chicago protests and 2011 in a desperate search for the truth behind why his mother abandoned him at an early age. In between Hill takes on politics, the media and addiction as well as other aspects of society. It's a well-spun tale and I quite enjoyed reading it.

Next up was the auto-biographical I Am Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame. This was somewhat of a scattered affair but an interesting read nonetheless. Wilson - or his ghostwriter - however is no Hemingway.

Then it was on to one of my favourite authors, Ian Rankin and his latest tale of now retired Inspector John Rebus, Rather Be The Devil. I never tire of these stories and this is the 21st in …

Traveling Along Singing A Song

Pete and Paulie were strolling along one day. The sun was bright, the air was cool, the birds chirped crazily in the trees and the squirrels  munched merrily on their nuts. Well not their nuts exactly. Nuts they found on the ground and in the gardens in the park.

Paulie felt so good he began to whistle. It wasn't any tune in particular, just one of those annoyingly tuneless whistles that wandered all over the place. Pete looked at Paulie and he squiggled up his nose and he said "What the hell is that?" Paulie replied "Oh nothing in particular. I'm just happy." "But you're not even whistling a tune" said Pete. Paulie replied "If you're so wise I'd like to see you do better, Pete."

Pete went silent for a moment and seemed to mumble to himself for a moment or two. Then he cleared his throat with a little cough, he opened his mouth and he began to sing.

"There once was a king very wise
Who spoke to his enemies in disguise

My Back Pages - 2016

Here, as promised is a month-by-month breakdown of the 67 books I delved into this year. I got off to a strong start and then my intake dwindled for a couple of months until picking back up in April. I'll let you in on my favourites at the end of this list.


Here, There and Everywhere:
My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles - Geoff Emerick - ****
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald - ***
Close To The Edge - The Story of Yes - Chris Welch - ***
Sweet Caress - William Boyd - ****


Purity by Jonathan Franzen 
Still Alice by Lisa Genova.


Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
The Promise (Elvis Cole #20) - Robert Crais


The Snowman (Harry Hole)- Joe Nesbo ****
Phantom (Harry Hole) - Joe Nesbo ****
The Leopard (Harry Hole) - Jo Nesbo ****


George Harrison Reconsidered ***
The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood ****
Dropping The Needle - The Vinyl Dialogues Volume II ***
The Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead, (Dave Robicheaux #6) - James Lee Burke****


 Lust and Wonder - Aug…