mosaiculture at the montreal botanical gardens

| Sunday, 1 September 2013

The summer is almost over and although I'm excited for fall & winter, I really don't feel like we HAD a summer. It rained most of the time, and on the few days the sun came out, there were so many mosquitoes that going outside really wasn't pleasant. We did manage to cross off a few activities from our summer bucket list though, which made me pretty happy.

I absolutely adore the outdoors, gardening, and flowers. This year, my husband took us to the Montreal botanical gardens. They had an amazing international mosaiculture exhibition; it was breathtaking. The above picture was my favorite mosaic. It's a 15 meter tall representation of mother earth. The amount of work that goes into planning, building, growing and maintaining the plants is unthinkable.

During our trip, I practiced my macro photography skills. I must admit that after experiencing the full reach of manual photography, I just can't go back to point and shoot. One of my future projects is writing down everything I learned.

Have you tried manual photography on a DSLR camera? Do you like it?

This exposition is the world's most prestigious competition of horticultural art and it's not hard to see why, just look at the details in the above mosaic: the fingers, the clothing and the hair. Making it is something, keeping it looking like this is something else.

200 experts from Canada, Belgium, China, South Korea, Spain, USA, France, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and across Africa created over 40 plant-life sculptures, some big enough to walk through. This year's theme was "land of hope" focused on biodiversity; the artists also portrayed their nationality and culture.

This chameleon is built entirely with succulents. Isn't it amazing what you can do with plants? I never would have thought you could make sculptures with them. Some people are so creative it blows my mind.

I'm so glad we were able to see this exhibition. I don't think my son will remember seeing these amazing mosaics but I'm sure it will return to Montreal in the future. We will definitely go again.

Have you ever seen any mosaicultures? Do you like gardening?

Here I am, posing in front of one of the first mosaics. It's a lot bigger than it looks, I'm standing about 20 meters away.


  1. Do you mean manual photography like insert
    shutterspeed, iso etc by yourself? Then yes :P
    To be honest, I rarely set my camera to
    automatic! Lovely pictures with the macro btw!

    REPLY// Lol the 'bouncing' Fimo balls were laying
    on a transparent sheet, and I've lift that sheet a
    little bit in the air :P no magic!


  2. oh my good, these are absolutely stunning! you're so lucky to have seen them! gardening is one of those things i've always said i'll get in to, if i ever find the time, though the british weather isn't exactly inspiring. i'm not sure i'd be able to create anything on this level! :) x

  3. What a cool idea for an effect (the fimo balls). I would never have guessed. I thought you captured the photo as the balls were falling or something. :)

    Yes, I meant manual photography; ISO, shutter speed and everything. I rarely put mine on automatic now either.

  4. thank you holly! you know, gardening is pretty easy once you get started. there are some plants that are easier than others to take care of and there are plants that grow in all types of weather. i wouldn't be able to create sculptures like these either, but they were really nice to see.

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  6. Amazing sculptures with flowers and super photography... you are very talented.

  7. Thank you Patricia! I practiced a lot. It's easy to learn when you're passionate about it. :)

  8. Can I just say O-M-G? They look amazing! I've seen a few before, like a small deer... Does that count? Haha. My goodness, these are just WHOA! Definitely an artwork!

  9. Thanks Kisty! A small deer counts. :) It's so totally amazing what kind of creative things people come up with. It blows my mind.

  10. Wow, these are stunning. You take amazing photos. I must admit, I've never seen plant sculptures created to that degree before. Amazing!

  11. Erin! Hi! I knew you'd appreciate these pictures. I've been practicing my macro photography skills a lot this summer. You inspired me!! I'm getting a whole lot better and I love to take pictures of details. I find it just as important as taking portraits in terms of memory keeping; sometimes, it's the details that count.

  12. Awesome!! I am glad you are enjoying macros :) They are so fun!

  13. Wow Julie this is so Beautiful!!! I'm so jealous right now, its like wonderland. The pictures are great, thanks for sharing. Xo, Elba

  14. gorgeous gardens! are you no longer blogging, girl?

  15. Dana! Thanks! I haven't blogged because my son and I got very sick. Then my only computer broke and I didn't have the means to buy a new one (until about a week ago, yay!). I have projects lined up, I just need to get my computer setup (ugh, windows 8.1). Fear not. :)

  16. These photos are absolutely amazing! We had no idea such amazing floral creativity existed. Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at

  17. Thanks for the compliments on the photos. I'm still learning! :) I had no idea these existed either until last summer. My husband surprised me with a tour of the Montreal Botanical Gardens. I was literally in heaven!


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