Once upon a time there was the Riviere Lairet. It meandered through what became Limoilu as Quebec City spread north from its origins atop Cap Diamond. Ultimate, Limoilu was swallowed by Quebec City during a large merger but everyone still calls it Limoilu. We’re a stubborn lot.
From the photos I’ve seen one of the basic problems with the Riviere Lairet was that lots of water ran in it in the spring and almost none in the summer. The result was a fairly deep canyon running through what was quickly becoming a very populated area.
Maybe more important, the canyon had a lot of very fast-flowing, dangerous water at one time of year and at other times it became a dumping ground for the less civic-minded members of Limoilu. So it was decided, in the mid-20th Century, to build a huge pipe to convey the spring waters underground from north of Limoilu all the way to the St. Charles River – my river.
But the water that fills this park area still has to get there through the pipe I mentioned. They do everything in their power to hide the pipe’s opening into the park but I thought it would make for a fun sketch. The weather further convinced me as while it was almost warm, it was also windy. After climbing down the hill to this view, I was conveniently out of the wind with only a few ants to bother me.
I used a Uniball Signo UM-151 (.38mm) gel pen for this one. The fine pens in the 101 series are mostly waterproof but anything thicker than .38mm and the gel ink starts to wash into the watercolors, at least on the Stillman & Birn Alpha (9×6) paper that I use. Hope you like it.