Friday, January 31, 2020

A Winter Ramble Through The Gardens

The Landscapes Of Canada Gardens are to be found at the Canadian Museum of Nature downtown. This occupies an area on the west side of the property, and features plants from four ecosystems of the country. I make a point of coming here and photographing the gardens in each season. I'm planning on paying a visit inside the Museum in February at some point.

The first ecosystem is the Boreal Forest, with a mix of trees, shrubs and other plants, some of that buried by winter snow.

The Prairie Grassland, the next ecosystem, has long grasses and flowers that will start to emerge in spring, but for now are beneath the snow between the path and the museum.

Signage along the path includes photographs and information on each of the ecosystems.

A large sculpture of an iceberg looms over the path.

This view, from the sidewalk, features the Museum, the iceberg, and some hardy plants belonging to the next ecosystem: Arctic Tundra. Most of the plants placed here are under the snow at the moment.

The Mammoth Steppe is the last of the ecosystems represented, with information on signs to the right of the path, while the ecosystem itself is to the left of the path. The plants here were all around in the days of the mammoth, and have survived to the current day. 

They're planted here on the left side, around a family of mammoths in sculpture form. At this time of year, the Steppe plants are all beneath the snow.

Over on the east side of the property, another sculpture set of a mother and baby pair of dinosaurs can be found, of the chasmosaurus irvinensis species.


  1. ...I think that we should revisit the garden in a few months!

  2. I think dat I told you that I like the mammoths! Right? LOL

  3. Magnifica partilha! Adorei este seu espaço! Fotos de excelência por aqui... que nos dão a conhecer detalhes magníficos, da bela região dai!...
    Também temos um blog de fotografia! Se desejar conhecer estamos em
    Tudo de bom! Um grande abraço! Feliz fim de semana!

    1. Hi Ana, I am sure William will like your blog. It is a great blog... and a bilingual one!

  4. I always look forward to seeing the museum, the iceberg and the mammoths in the winter snow, fabulous shots William ✨

  5. The iceberg and the mammoths must feel quite comfortable there at the moment.

  6. Brr! Maybe that's why those "woolly" mammoths became extinct. :-)

  7. Hello, I would love to see these mammoth sculptures up close. Great shots of the museum and sculptures.
    Have a great day and happy weekend!

  8. Many creative things have been done in Ottawa.

  9. It does tend to loo a titch better in other season :) but it was interesting anyway.

  10. @Tom: I'll be back in spring.

    @Linda: me too.

    @Iris: It is.

    @Ella: right!

    @Ana: thanks.

    @Grace: I enjoy showing it.

    @Jan: they would.

    @Revrunner: they were built for it.

    @Eileen: thank you.

  11. The museum is quite impressive. I suspect we'll be seeing tulips here in a few months!

  12. Interesting way to highlight the different ecosystems.

  13. A lovely wintery view of the garden at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

  14. Good idea to show this area in all four seasons.

  15. The sculptures look great surrounded by snow.

  16. It is good that the sculptures are there to set everything even in the snow.

  17. Icebergs will soon be travelling through Iceberg Alley on the east coast.

  18. Beautiful wintry shots ~ love those elephant sculptures ~

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  19. The museum looks like a castle, looking very impressive in the wintry landscape!

  20. @David: definitely.

    @Anvilcloud: things will look different in May.

    @Marleen: it's an art installation that appeals to me.

    @Jeanie: tulips are planted in the beds near the main entrance, so yes, we will.

    @Tanya: so do I.

    @DJan: it is, yes.

    @Denise: it's all waiting for spring.

    @Red: I've thought so from the start.

    @Fun60: they do.

    @RedPat: true!

    @Jennifer: indeed.

    @Marie: it won't take long.

    @Carol: I do as well.

    @Alexandria: the architect was very much of a castle theme in his work, here and elsewhere in the city.

  21. The iceburg sculpture looks especially nice in winter. If those mammoths were around here some knitter would probably knit bomb one with a neck scarf.

  22. I am looking forward to seeing your Prairie Grasslands in each season.

  23. What a lovely building - I love the architecture. I like the various sculptures too!

  24. That building is amazing. Love seeing the snow, been a long time since I have been in such a glorious winter landscape of twinkling snow covered ground. Love the mammoths too.

  25. From the comfort of my chair I enjoyed the 'Winter Ramble Through The Gardens'
    Thank you.

    All the best Jan

  26. @Kay: we do have some of those yarn bombers around here.

    @Joanne: spring will look quite different.

    @Catarina: you should!

    @Susie: I love it too.

    @Gemel: snow is our thing.

    @Jan: thank you!