Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mother Earth

I have two shots to start off today, both with different settings of the same pic, one natural and the other black and white. It's a very similar stance to my current header, taken last year, and taken from the general location where the First Nations topiaries began.

Mother Earth: The Legend Of Aataentsic is the title of this topiary, the largest of all of them at MosaiCanada when you include all of the animals that are part of it. The idea of a mother earth tends to be common among world cultures, and so it is with First Nations peoples. Animals spring up to life around her- bison, horses, caribou, deer, moose, the eagle, even bears. 

Several bison, or buffalo depending on how you think of them, are grouped over at one side.

Horses are nearby. I edited two versions of this shot, the original and one with enhanced colour.

Moving a short distance away I photographed them again.

Then I turned my attention back to Mother Earth. I have more from this tomorrow.


  1. Hello, wonderful topiary sculptures. The bison and horses are my favorites. Have a happy day!

  2. Wow the bison or buffalo are amazing ! They look so true ! Mother earth I prefer in colors, black and white looks so sad.

  3. ...this amazing display just keeps on go, wonderful!

  4. I recognized the figure in your header of course, but all the details are unveiled now, it's beautiful.

  5. I love the wildness of today's topiaries.


  6. @Linda: thank you!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Eileen: they are good.

    @Gattina: I liked the contrast between the two versions.

    @Tom: I quite enjoyed my visit, but this one especially.

    @Jan: it certainly is.

    @Janis: it is a show stopper of a topiary set.

  7. I very much enjoy these topiary displays. Thank you! :-)

  8. Again. a better understanding of first nations culture is sadly lacking but these sculptures go a long way to educate.

  9. @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Nancy: indeed!

    @RedPat: I think so.

    @MB: they are.

    @Red: that's true.

  10. This is so amazing. Beautiful and breathtaking! I wish I could come to see those sculptures myself!

  11. You live in a wonderful city. Amazing.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

  12. The displays are incredible, well done and simply gorgeous.

  13. More amazing photos William. This exhibit really intrigues me. I have never heard of the Legend Of Aataentsic, will have to look it up. Those bison look real!

  14. @Karl: that they are.

    @Tamago: they were a wonder to see up close.

    @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Parsnip: thank you.

    @Bill: they are indeed.

    @Denise: thanks!

  15. Your header photo is really my favorite blog header, among all that I read. These topiaries are such works of art.

  16. Every one is more fantastic than the previous one. I liked Mother Earth until I saw the bison or buffalo and those horses too!

  17. How long must it take to create just one of these?

  18. She and her minions are all beautiful.

  19. Mother Earth ~ magnificent ~ great photos too!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  20. The Mother Earth is stunning. Just like you said in many cultures IT IS MOTHER , not Father of Earth or Nature. I like this idea ;)

  21. Thank-you. You've shared some fabulous photographs again William.
    I think I prefer Mother earth in colour :)

    All the best Jan

  22. was watching the news talking about the buffalo round up not to long ago ... getting them all together, check for shots and such ... wish i could have been there to see them all. buffaloes rock! ( ;

  23. The First Nations section is my favourite. There are so many depths to its meaning, with a nation that respects flora and fauna so well!

  24. @Marleen: that it is.

    @Happyone: indeed.

    @Michelle: that they are.

    @Beatrice: thank you!

    @Norma: it's a lot of work.

  25. @Kay: very much so.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Klara: so do I.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Beth: I agree.

    @Jennifer: definitely.