Thursday, November 10, 2022

Fall In The Gardens

The Landscapes of Canada Gardens are to be found at the Canadian Museum of Nature, where plants, trees, grasses, flowers, and shrubs from four ecosystems are to be found. I like to photograph the place once each season, and was here in October around sunrise on a day that was mostly cloudy. I approached towards the first area: Boreal Forest. This ecosystem covers a vast part of the country, and the trees and shrubs and other plantings here are reflective of that.

One of the trees of the Boreal Forest is the tamarack. They look like evergreens, but aren't. They are deciduous conifer trees, with the needle-like leaves turning gold in late fall before dropping. This tree was just starting that process.

The next ecosystem represented here is Prairie Grassland. The tall grasses and flowers of the Prairies grow well in an Ottawa summer, and at this point of the year are done, waiting on winter snows.

The path winds beneath a sculpture of an iceberg. This was created by the late Canadian artist and inventor Bill Lishman. 

Using the sculpture, I framed this shot of fall colours beyond on the path. The rocks on either side of the path reflect another ecosystem: Arctic Tundra.

This is taken from the sidewalk, with the museum and sculpture in dramatic light.

Plants of the Arctic Tundra are found among the rocks and stones on this side of the path, and tend to grow well over the summer.

The path beckoned me on.

Dense fall colours in the Prairie Grasslands drew my eye.

The last ecosystem is Mammoth Steppe, featuring various plants that have been around since the time of the woolly mammoth. A family of three mammoths in statue form are at the side of the path, with the plants around them. Beyond, the Queens Lantern contains a scale model of the Moon.

I finish with this look at the mammoths, and the plants around them in their fall glory.


  1. Nice pictures! I love the iceberg.

  2. Golden needles! Ours turn but brown. Interesting sculpture-pics. And I remember the Mammoth - right?

  3. Architectural wonder. Nice elephant statues in the end

  4. I love the beautiful trees and sculptures. Take care, have a great day!

  5. I really like your shots of the iceberg.

  6. ...there still are things of beauty to see.

  7. Nice! I think I've seen those mammoths before. :-)

  8. That garden is such a good idea.

  9. The mammoths look great with that golden framing.

  10. It is looking beautiful in this fall season.

  11. @Linda: me too.

    @Iris: tamarack are fascinating.

    @Italiafinlandia: thank you.

    @roentare: the museum stands out.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Jan: I like that sculpture.

    @Francisco: thanks!

  12. @Tom: definitely.

    @David: that's the idea.

    @magiceye: thank you.

    @DJan: yes, I always show them for this post.

    @RedPat: I think so too.

    @Sharon: they really do.

    @michelle: it is.

  13. Beautiful nature place ~ love the elephant sculptures ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Beautiful colors and interesting information about the tamarack conifer tree. I don't think I've ever seen one here. Is you snowfall late this year? We've had snow x2 but it melted quickly with high temperatures afterward. The higher Rockies have had some good snow accumulation.

    1. We can get snow this time of year, but until the ground consistently freezes at night, it won't really stay.

  15. Those elephant sculptures are pretty impressive.

  16. It certainly looks good with the Autumn/Fall colours.
    Love your last photograph with the mammoths.

    All the best Jan

  17. A wonderful autumn mood you have captured with these William.

  18. It would be wonderful to walk around and see all these interesting sights. Thanks so much for sharing them William. I did enjoy those dramatic clouds with the museum building and the sculpture. I also enjoyed the mammoths but all your photos were great.

  19. A nice place to explore, I love the mammoths.

  20. I love seeing how things change in the different seasons and the light.