Thursday, May 20, 2021


 Each season I feature the Landscapes of Canada Gardens at the Canadian Museum of Nature. This area on the west side of the property includes plants of four distinctive ecosystems. I start with views coming in of Boreal Forest, where trees, flowers, and bushes of this region are placed.

I liked using this tree trunk for contrast. Prairie Grassland stands between here and the museum. Summer warmth will make its grasses and wildflowers grow long. At present its grasses are greening up quickly now that winter is past.

A sculpture straddles the pathway. This steel version of an iceberg is by the late Canadian inventor and artist Bill Lishman.

Arctic Tundra is the third ecosystem represented. Rocks are placed between the path and the sidewalk, and among them are grasses, bushes, and other growth of the far north that appears to have a head start on the spring.

The last of the ecosystems is Mammoth Steppe, taking up the north side of the path as it turns towards the museum. Plants that existed in the day of those animals and remain today are placed here.

A set of three life sized statues of mammoths are found at the end of the path. The museum looms beyond, with the Queens Lantern featuring a model of the Moon inside.


  1. Interesting photos. We don't have tundra or mammoths here.

  2. ...the garden is finally coming back to life after its long winter's rest.

  3. The whole country condensed into a few acres!

  4. Hello,

    I like the sculpture and the Mammoths. I would like to visit the museum.
    Take care, enjoy your day!

  5. We have such varied ecosystems in Canada. Love that about our land.

  6. @Linda: no tundra, but it wouldn't surprise me if mammoths roamed Virginia thousands of years ago.

    @Italiafinlandia: thank you.

    @Iris: so do I.

    @Stefan: I agree.

    @Tom: it was a long winter.

    @David: at least a lot of it.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Marie: me too.

  7. Our country is so rich in so many ways...

  8. Such an impressive building and an equally impressive sculpture.

  9. It's a beautiful garden. But I'm glad our garden is a little smaller.

  10. Grand and impressive building. Very soon, the garden will be beautiful as before.

  11. @Catarina: indeed.

    @Magiceye: thank you.

    @RedPat: they are.

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @Jan: it is beautiful.

    @Nancy: very soon.

  12. Very impressive building, I love the first photo.

  13. I enjoyed a look around this area and the building is very impressive. Thanks William!

  14. I love that building!! Looks like spring is coming around!!

  15. Lovely photos and the building is beautiful. I like the 6th photo.

  16. Great building and nature shots ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. I'd think tundra would be a hard thing to reproduce outside of its native environs.

  18. Fascinating to see these different areas.

  19. @Bill: thank you.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Tanya: it always takes time.

    @Orvokki: thank you.

    @Carol: thanks.

    @Revrunner: while permafrost isn't happening, the plants of the Arctic do rather well here.

    @DJan: it is.

  20. It's an impressive building:)

  21. Some fabulous shots in this collection William.

  22. That's a beautiful building. And I love the mammoths!

  23. I like that sculpture.

    All the best Jan

  24. neat area of your world. very cool. ( ;