Sunday, June 1, 2014

At the Montreal Botanical Gardens

Lilac

Photos: May 31, 2014

A friend and I took our cameras to the Botanical Gardens. I just bought myself a monopod and wanted to see what it was like shooting with it and I have a new small camera - wanted to put it through its paces - shooting both automatic and manually. A learning day - but also a day of delight. The Botanical Garden's new slogan is Hurry Up and Slow Down - and slow down we did - stopping to admire the flora and fauna in the outdoor gardens.

Iris

Iris

Iris

Many varieties of irises were blooming. Their intricate shapes and patterns just had to be admired.

Peony

The peonies were just coming into their own.

Pollen to Share

Their bright interiors called to the insects to come and spread their pollen

Turtle on a Rock

Turtles were out sunning. Their stillness reminds us to stop and wait for treasures to come along.

Duckling

New life abounds. Dozens of ducklings paddled around the pond, their little feet pumping at a good clip.

Red Winged Blackbird

Bird songs serenaded our visit. This redwing blackbird stopped to sing out, puffing himself up to get maximum volume.

Grackle

One less insect - one well-fed grackle.

Last year David Suzuki started a 30 X 30 challenge - for 30 days spend at least 30 minutes in nature.

From the web site: "Over the last decade, researchers have realized what most of us know intuitively: nature is good for us! It is well documented that being regularly immersed in a natural setting, like a park, field or forest, can lower blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels, and boost immunity. ‘Green time’ has also been shown to reduce feelings of anger and depression, while increasing energy, creativity and even generosity."

I can attest to the benefits - so Hurry up and Slow Down in nature - it does a world of good.

2 comments:

  1. I too love spending time in nature. The Montreal Botanical Garden is beautiful!! Your photos are beautifully taken with your new camera!

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  2. That turtle looks like it's doing the Sun Salutation! Did you like the monopod? Still snow in my back garden, Susan - I'll enjoy your photos!

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