Monday, July 19, 2021


 A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for August is Sticky.

Each season I document the Landscapes Of Canada Gardens at the Canadian Museum of Nature. This area on the west side of the property features plants, trees, and grasses from four distinct ecosystems. A few days ago it was time for a summer look on an overcast morning. Boreal Forest is included in this approach, with the Museum in the background. Trees, shrubs, and plants of that vast ecosystem are thriving here.

Even lichen, which can be found on the trunk of this dead tree that predates the time of the Gardens.

Prairie Grassland is the next ecosystem. A large mix of plants, flowers, and grasses of the Canadian West grow very well throughout summer here in Ottawa.

The path goes beneath a sculpture here. This iceberg in steel was created by the late inventor and artist Bill Lishman.

On the one side of the path here lie plants of the next ecosystem: Arctic Tundra. Nestled among rocks are the plants, flowers, and grasses of the far north, which are doing quite well in this climate.

The path led me closer to the Museum. A set of three mammoths are here; they predate the Gardens and were shifted to this part of the property. Behind and among them are plants and flowers of the last of the ecosystems: Mammoth Steppe. Plants here were around in the time of the mammoths, and remain today. In the background, a model of the Moon hangs in the Queens Lantern.

Walking back west, I photographed this detail shot of Prairie Grassland growth.

Along with Mammoth Steppe.

And a wider view of Prairie Grassland.

From the west sidewalk, the grasses of Arctic Tundra were growing like mad.

One last shot from this spot, with the Museum and the iceberg. We'll be back here for fall colours.


  1. Nice to see how that prairie land blossoms.

  2. Nice view of the monuments and wild plants and their blooms. Happy new week.

  3. The prairie grassland is magnificent, so abundant. The lichen covered tree is a fabulous natural sculpture.

  4. A great educational facility right in the city.

  5. ...the Prairie Grassland garden is a natural treat.

  6. looks like rain here. i love the wildflowers. very pretty. looks so free and calming. ( ;

  7. I love the iceberg sculpture.There aren’t bergs in Iceberg Alley this year. They melt before the reach the coast of NL. Sad news for the planet.

  8. @Italiafinlandia: thank you.

    @Jan: that it is.

    @Marianne: quite so.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Gemel: I agree.

    @David: yes it is.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Iris: indeed.

    @Beth: so do I.

    @Marie: sad indeed.

  9. The prairie grassland is so pretty right now William, always enjoy this series ✨

  10. Interesting sculptures. Thank you for your wonderful pictures.

  11. This is a lovely time of year in the prairie grasslands.

  12. I always enjoy seeing those mammoths.

  13. Great views of the garden and sculptures!
    I love the coneflowers. Take care, have a happy day!

  14. It is good to see butterfly lovely milkweed! Monarch butterflies have yet to appear in my backyard this year.

  15. Great photos! Thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks William :)

  16. El Museo tiene una buena arquitectura y el camino te conduce a espacios interesante, en donde admirar, todas las bellas cosas que constantemente salen a tu paso.

  17. Tulips, it is not, but interesting. Tweeted. As a side note, the prairie grass we had on the farm in Iowa was more like large thick stalks of grass, and the edges were sharp; sharp enough to cut the skin.

  18. this is so exciting. nicely landscaped garden. and informative.

  19. Wonderful landscape series of photos ~ of course, favorite are the elephant sculptures ~ Happy Week to you ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  20. You gotta love those wooly mammoths. :-)

  21. Some very nice views here William, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  22. @Grace: it'll look different in the fall.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: quite true.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Maywyn: I've seen some.

  23. @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Bill: thanks.

    @Mari: the Prairies as they once were was radically changed.

    @Klara: I think so.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Revrunner: indeed.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

  24. Lots of pretty and interesting pictures!!

  25. Beautiful photos! I like the wooly mammoth.

  26. Some gorgeous sculpture, modern and traditional. And I'm fascinated by lichen.

  27. The museum looks impressive and the surroundings very interesting!

    1. It is a wonderful museum. The gardens suit it well.

  28. I'll bet that pre-date tree could tell some tales.i like the iceberg, William. Pixie agreed

  29. Quite an exciting stroll, with Mammoths and all.