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Devlin Francis

Zephyr Cove

Francis Fougere

Royal Botanical Gardens The Glass Under Glass Show 2009

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

March 19, 2009, 08:15 EST

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© 2009 Francis Fougere, All Rights Reserved.



For my submission on the theme of Diversity I chose to illustrate the Bio Diversity of the Royal Botanical Gardens. This truly world class facility in Hamilton Ontario comprises of both indoor greenhouses, outdoor gardens and wooded sanctuaries. This pano was shot during our March break in the early morning before the student hoards descended down on the Mediterranean Garden.

The Royal Botanical Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada, featuring over 2,700 acres of breathtaking gardens and spectacular nature sanctuaries.

OUR MISSION: To be a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Experience glass art in a glass house — our Mediterranean Garden, in full bloom. This third-annual exhibit includes an expanded display of 100 shining examples of glass art created by Ontario artists and students studying glass art at Sheridan College Crafts and Design Program.

GARDENS: Mediterranean Garden, RBG Centre Two-storey indoor garden, features plant species from the world’s five Mediterranean climate regions. Bloom highlights are winter and early spring.

NATURE SANCTUARIES: Over 1,000 hectares of Carolinian forest, Niagara Escarpment cliffs, and shimmering wetlands, all accessible on our 23-kilometre trail system.
Cootes Paradise is the largest and most diverse of our sanctuaries and has 13.5 kilometres of trails.
Hendrie Valley covers over 358 acres of forested slope and floodplain wetland surrounding Hendrie Park Gardens, accessible by trail and boardwalks.
Rock Chapel includes forested tableland and Niagara Escarpment slope. This property features a 25-metre waterfall and 3.5 kilometres of trails.
Berry Tract plays a major role in maintaining ecological links between Cootes Paradise and the Niagara Escarpment/Rock Chapel area. The Bruce Trail connects the area with Rock Chapel Sanctuary and Cootes Paradise.


USA-Canada / Canada-Ontario

Lat: 43° 17' 24.82" N
Long: 79° 52' 37.12" W

Elevation: 102 meters

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.


A Canon EOS 5D with a Canon 16-35mm L series lens set at 16mm was used on a Manfrotto 303SPH head. The cubic panorama was stitched together with RealViz Stitcher V4. This panorama was shot with available light at 1/13 of a second @ f 11 in RAW mode with an ISO of 200 on the Canon EOS 5D. I processed all of the images in the RAW conversion software Camera Raw 4.6 from Adobe. The images were then stitched together in RealViz Stitcher and the QuickTime panoramas are then converted from the flat TIFF images.

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