Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Waterfowl at Lost Lagoon - Stanley Park

On Thursday afternoon I was in Vancouver's Stanley Park to visit the waterfowl at Lost Lagoon. The Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) were great to look at as usual. As adults, they have pure white feathers with an orange bill and black bulb near their nostrils. I had previously referred to Trumpeter Swans but that apparently was in error. Their bills are black as adults and are Cygnus buccinator. It can be a challenge identifying birds and animals at times. There was a little Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) that I wanted to get a photo of but it seemed to disappear into the water a couple of times I took a shot. There is one image of a bubble in the water made by the duck as it dove in. Then there was another shot of just the tail as it went yet again into the water. On the third try I finally got the bird. The ducks in the second last photo are called Scaup (Aythya) but I am uncertain whether they are the Greater or Lesser Scaup (anyone know?). In the final photo you can see that it was an overcast day even though the sun was making an appearance late in the afternoon but too low on the horizon to make much difference to the quality of the images. The photos look so much better with a blue sky and the sun out. So, enjoy the photos just the same!

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