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.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The gardens at Vancouver's Stanley Park revisited

Above is a photo of part of a cherry tree and below are some of those blossoms up close.

Saucer magnolias in bloom just covering a nearby tree.

Below are some rhododendron blossoms up close. I have taken photos of these before and they seem to be holding up quite well despite the rainy weather.

Another rhododendron shrub above and the flowers up close below. My guide books are still packed but I believe this variety may be from Asia. I will have to do some research on that to make certain.

Yet another variety of rhododendron shrub and the flowers up close in the photo below. At the time these photos were taken these flowers were soon to open.

Above is a saucer magnolia one of many in this part of Stanley Park. Below is another close up but not of the blossoms above.

There is another close up of rhododendron blossoms and the same flowers from further back. Notice the magnolia tree in full bloom in the background.

Saucer magnolia blossoms up close in the above photo and flowers plus new growth on a larch tree in the image below.

Can you guess what flower that is in the above photo? Well, it's the flower belonging to the skunk cabbage. The plant gets its name from the odour that emimates from it. I hope you have enjoyed these photos and the brief commentary. Expect to see more images as we head into summer.

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