le jardin botanique du Montreal pt 2: mosaiculture, first nations garden and insectarium
(I tried to be respectful with these insect images, since I know not everyone appreciates insects and arachnids as I do. Later on, I will showcase some scorpion and spider images (I know, right? NOT INSECTS) from the Insectarium. But today, less intense insects.
First, the International Mosaiculture event, which was still under construction. We technically saw this before and after we walked through the Japanese garden, but it didn't fit in the photos from yesterday as it did here.
These sculptures were impressive! I was actually happy many of them were still being built, because you could see the layers underneath the flowers. Very fascinating. (It's "International" because there is space for different country's teams to build an exhibit that they have designed themselves. I don't remember who did the shepherd (first image) or the insects (second image) but the third and fourth image are from the Japanese exhibit (a woman and a cranes - which I think is an allusion to The Crane Wife folktale).
As we were wandering around the manicured Japanese lake (pond, really), we saw a side path and took it. And all of the sudden, the flora changed and we were clearly in another garden entirely. There were signs and lo and behold, we had stumbled upon the First Nations garden.
(First Nations is the Canadian way of saying Native Canadians. I totally prefer it as a term. Also Indigenous Peoples. But in the USA, people would look at me strangely if I used those terms. Oh well. C'est la vie.)
Here the pathway showcased indigenous plants and trees. It felt wilder (though clearly it wasn't), no longer cultivated and manicured. I think down another path there were other (less woodsy) ecosystems, but we walked along the wild edges of the trees towards another lake (pond, again), where I was entranced by these blue damselflies.
I love both the cultivated and the wild. They each teach us something different. We need both.
(I walk the middle path.)
Then we realized we were going to be walking for a very long time if we continued the way were going (and we still wanted to see the Insectarium and the Biodome) and so we turned around and went back towards the Japanese garden, out through the rose garden (where most of the roses hadn't quite started to bloom) and through the mosaic sculptures again towards the Insectarium.
Along the path towards the Insectarium, there were these glass balls with embedded insects. I cannot recall which one this one was, perhaps some sort of wasp? The curve of the tail drew me.
The tiny bugs were feeding on what I think is apple. There was a larger insect (a millipede?) in there, but the tiny ones captured my attention. Nom nom nom, just like insects everywhere.
I wouldn't be so happy if they were in my house, but they weren't.
There were many displays of (dead) insect collections, such as these iridescent beetles.
And we close with some creepy-cool shots of stick/leaf insects (the Insectarium had quite a wide variety of these guys, I'm not even sure which specific type they are).
Next up (later today or tomorrow), I'll take you to the Montreal Biodome, which was amazing!