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photoblog image Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery, Montreal Canada

Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery, Montreal Canada

Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery


This photo was taken around 7:00 pm. -15 Degrees C. Blustery. I went prepared. Gloves, cap, pea coat, new sturdy tripod, backup battery and memory card. Well almost... forgot the hot cocoa.

Funny how a cemetery can be spooky late night. The whistling of the wind through the trees, branches thumping against other branches. Things go bump in the night. I lasted about 2 hours before I was scared and frozen stiff. But I loved every moment. Can't wait to go back in the Spring and Fall. Very lovely cemetery, full of life! The light source is a flood light in the cemetery. It worked quite nicely.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Founded in 1854. Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is a 343-acre (1.39 km²) cemetery located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The entrance and the grounds run along a part of chemin Côte-des-Neiges and up the slopes of Mount Royal. The cemetery shares the mountain with the predominantly English-speaking and originally Protestant burial ground, the Mount Royal Cemetery.

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is the largest cemetery in Canada. Its "La Pietà Mausoleum" contains a life-sized marble reproduction of Michelangelo's Pietà sculpture located in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

The cemetery was originally open only to Roman Catholics; it is now open to any Christian, though it continues to be a Catholic institution and serve a primarily Catholic community. Primarily the internment grounds for French Canadians, as they have almost exclusively been members of the Roman Catholic faith, the cemetery is the final resting place for a number of former mayors of the city of Montreal plus other prominent persons.


Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery, Montreal Canada

Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery


This photo was taken around 7:00 pm. -15 Degrees C. Blustery. I went prepared. Gloves, cap, pea coat, new sturdy tripod, backup battery and memory card. Well almost... forgot the hot cocoa.

Funny how a cemetery can be spooky late night. The whistling of the wind through the trees, branches thumping against other branches. Things go bump in the night. I lasted about 2 hours before I was scared and frozen stiff. But I loved every moment. Can't wait to go back in the Spring and Fall. Very lovely cemetery, full of life! The light source is a flood light in the cemetery. It worked quite nicely.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Founded in 1854. Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is a 343-acre (1.39 km²) cemetery located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The entrance and the grounds run along a part of chemin Côte-des-Neiges and up the slopes of Mount Royal. The cemetery shares the mountain with the predominantly English-speaking and originally Protestant burial ground, the Mount Royal Cemetery.

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is the largest cemetery in Canada. Its "La Pietà Mausoleum" contains a life-sized marble reproduction of Michelangelo's Pietà sculpture located in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

The cemetery was originally open only to Roman Catholics; it is now open to any Christian, though it continues to be a Catholic institution and serve a primarily Catholic community. Primarily the internment grounds for French Canadians, as they have almost exclusively been members of the Roman Catholic faith, the cemetery is the final resting place for a number of former mayors of the city of Montreal plus other prominent persons.


comments (8)

  • dotun
  • USA
  • 17 Jan 2007, 05:18
very lovely shot, I like it
John Eagle: Thank you.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 17 Jan 2007, 08:05
Absolutely fantastic shot, John. The colors and lighting are marvelous. For some reason, I have always found cemeteries to be so peaceful ("full of life," as you said) and photogenic! smile This is a perfect example.
John Eagle: Thank you. I can't wait to go back. I looked the cemetery up on the web and saw so many sculptures and views I missed. Tehre will be more trips to Montreal and I will definitely return.
  • Louis
  • 17 Jan 2007, 09:01
Things go bump in the night ... are you sure that every sip from your cocoa mug was taken by yourself?

An excellent pic, rewarding your effort.

PS. the bassilique in yesterdays post is also an excellent pic
John Eagle: Thank you. I was spooked. Everytime I heard a sound I looked over my shoulder. At least there was a guard truck which drove by every half hour or so.
  • jelb
  • 17 Jan 2007, 15:20
Bonjour,
Well done shots on your blog! Bravo!
John Eagle: Thank you very much.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 17 Jan 2007, 22:19
A beautiful picture of a really lovely memorial. The colouring, (from he floodlight?) works so very well.

As for being in a cemetery at night ... not round here, the living occupants aren't the nicest. sad
John Eagle: Thank you. The flood light worked wonderfully. It really brought out the gold bronze hue of the statue. This shot is pretty much as it was. I did a little levels work to balance the highlights and shadows but otherwise the color is as it was.

And yes I wondered how safe it was to be wondering around a cemetery at night. It was spooky.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2007, 00:49
This is an excellent composition! I am glad you braved the cold to show it to us. I do wonder what is up with the purple sky in your part of the world, though.
John Eagle: Thank you. Yeah, the purple sky is strange. I took this on full manual with a 250 ISO. I also took some shots with the Twilight setting and they came out with a purple sky as well instead of the normal brown sky. I have to think it has to do with the overcast sky reflecting light. And in this instance the ambient light created a purple hue. I did not Photoshop the colors, only a little levels and cropping.
A great shot, I remember this staue when I went in Montreal - Very nice background colors too smile
John Eagle: Thank you. It is always cool to see a photo of some place you have been.
This is an OUTSTANDING shot. You have some very good work on your little photoblog here. (I like this one a lot, nice colors, or for you folks from the "Great White North" -colours-)

Maybe if the subject wasn't perfectly centered (remember the rule of thirds) but still very good.
John Eagle: Thank you. Yes, the colours of the great white north are nice aren't they. Thanks for the cropping info. I will try an keep this in mind next time. Cropping is not my best forte. Maybe I will even re-crop this piece.

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