St. Joseph’s Oratory on Mount Royal in Montreal is the largest church in Canada, and is reputed to be the largest shrine in the world. It is not a cathedral, but a church for pilgrims, with 283 steps leading up to the basilica. Our tour guide explained that there are three sets of stairs – the two concrete sets surround the silvery center stairs, which are reserved for those pilgrims who wish to climb at least the last 99 to the church on their knees. That’s devotion.
But some of the most beautiful silvers are those in nature. The play of sun or moon light on water creates beautiful images of liquid silver.
Waning sunlight on San Francisco bay casts a silvery light.
The waters of Goose Pond in New Hampshire reflect the sun at the height of the day.
These images make me wistful for Spring and Summer, when my beloved and I can climb into our canoe or kayaks to explore the silvery rivers and lakes around us.
Winter can’t last forever.
This post was written in response to the weekly Travel Theme challenge by Ailsa of WheresMyBackpack: Silver. To see other bloggers’ shiny responses and get more info on the challenge, just click on the link! You will also find some silvery images in my post from last week, Let There be Light.
First photo up from my home town 🙂 Love those shots of sunlight twinkling on the water’s surface. And no winter can’t last forever, although sometimes it feels as if it might.
Glad you enjoyed them, Lynne! 🙂
Wistful for spring and summer. Oh yeah! I’m with you there!
Sparkly, silvery shots. Nice. 🙂
Thanks! We have a snowstorm coming again tomorrow afternoon… we may just cozy up to the fireplace with some cocoa!
Us too. UGH and BLAH!
Wonderful photos. I almost felt as if I needed to put on my sunglasses for the glare off of the lake!
Thanks! So glad you stopped by!
Hmmm. . . . I live an hour from Montreal and have never visited the oratory–maybe I should do something about that!
Our trip up Mount Royal was a revelation – the oratory, the cemeteries, and oh my goodness, the views! Hope you do go, and enjoy!