Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A Pathway In Springtime

Each season I like to feature the Landscapes Of Canada Gardens, on the west side of the property at the Canadian Museum of Nature, as it looks in different conditions. This past Saturday morning I came back to do so. The Gardens present four distinct ecosystems with plants from each along the pathway. From this point of view, with the Gothic castle of the Museum in the background, we're at the Boreal Forest portion, with trees and shrubs planted here.


Those plants that shed their leaves each fall are just starting to wake up.


A large steel sculpture spans the pathway, depicting an iceberg.


From the sidewalk, this view takes in the Museum, the iceberg, and the combination of rocks and plants that constitute the next zone, the Arctic Tundra.


Back on the path, this shows Prairie Grassland, another zone in the Gardens. These grasses will grow long over the summer.


Some plants and shrubs, such as these in the Arctic Tundra section, are greening up quickly now.


The last of the four zones is on the left. Mammoth Steppe features a family of three woolly mammoths as a sculpture set. Around them are plants that they would have been familiar with at the end of the last Ice Age, and which still exist today. Tomorrow we start looking at some winter to spring transitions.

39 comments:

  1. Looks sort of wintry there
    Coffee is on

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  2. Oh, spring just starts over at your place! But this year it takes a long route to summer here, too.
    "Too cold for the season" - again...

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  3. Spring is starting with the green plants sprouting out from the ground.

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  4. I would love the see that prairie grass area later in the season when it has gone long and wavy.

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  5. Watching gardens change with the seasons is always a delight ... not very springy there yet.

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  6. It is a "wild" garden ... but so beautiful, the gothic castle remains a miracle!

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  7. Gosto muito daquela moderna escultura.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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  8. The mammoths are very impressive. I like the Iceberg sculpture too, though it doesn't conjure up the image of an iceberg to me - but what do I know, we don't see many icebergs in England!

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  9. I will check this out next time I visit my daughter.

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  10. The iceberg sculpture is quite commanding.

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  11. I love the iceberg sculpture. Don't think I've seen it before.

    Janis
    GDP

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  12. A wonderful sunny walk in that famous Gardens.

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  13. @Dora: oh, the winter is done- though today's a bit on the cool side.

    @Iris: yes, spring takes its time getting established here.

    @Nancy: that bright green was quite a surprise.

    @Rosemary: once it gets warm, those grasses get going.

    @Joan: I'm still wearing a jacket today, but that's because it's comparably cool.

    @Ella: I agree.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @John: it's quite stylized.

    @David: you'd enjoy this museum.

    @Maywyn: that it is.

    @Janis: I've shown it before.

    @Jan: it's a lovely garden.

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  14. I really enjoy these gardens, I’ve been to this a few years ago, the mammoth sculptures with authentic plants I really enjoy, The iceberg is amazing isn’t it,

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  15. Like the fist photo and the fifth one it looks a really good place to get photos

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  16. I love these walks through the Gardens William, the museum itself is such a treat to see as is the ice sculpture and the creatures that inhabit the garden ✨

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  17. That is an impressive "iceberg," William. I look forward to seeing more of the plants in the different zones.

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  18. Hello, looks like a nice day for a walk. I like the sculpture and the Mammoths. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

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  19. Oh my inner child wants to climb up on a mammoth and go for a ride! Isn't it such joy to see the beginnings of spring greens returning!

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  20. It's too bad more people couldn't see these exhibits. The arctic is not known well enough.

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  21. Looks like a great walk. Lots to see along the way.

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  22. That's an attractive sculpture and I think I remember the elephants from before! Love seeing spring in your world!

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  23. @Laurie: it's a lovely place for a walk.

    @Bill: that it is.

    @Grace: I agree.

    @DJan: thanks!

    @Eileen: it was pleasant weather.

    @Barbara: it is, yes.

    @Red: it's good to have these museums close at hand.

    @Happyone: a whole lot of things to see here.

    @Jeanie: thank you!

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  24. Iceberg season is in full swing off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador now.

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  25. I remember that castle-like building very well and it's always nice to see that iceberg sculpture.

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  26. Spring is starting also there... I like the mammoths !

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  27. Pretty soon the colour will arrive. The iceberg sculpture is m beauty.

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  28. ...it should look great when the greening begins.

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  29. @Marie: I'd love to see icebergs for myself.

    @Sharon: it's a wonderful building.

    @Karl: I like those mammoths too.

    @Padre: spring took long enough.

    @Bill: it is, yes.

    @Tom: and it doesn't take long.

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  30. Sorry you have to turn your back on winter but it looks like spring is inevitable now.

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  31. no snow? rainy here. have a great rest of your week. ( ;

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  32. There will be big changes in the next few weeks!
    My dad has been ill so I haven't been around. Back soon.

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  33. Amazing metal sculptures ~ soon more blooms will appear ~ and love the elephant photo!

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

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  34. A comprehensive walk. The iceberg sculpture is so evocative of the ice rising up out of the sea.

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  35. I do like the family of three woolly mammoths …

    All the best Jan

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