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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Great Blue Herons at Stanley Park

The Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias), length of 46 inches, wingspan of 72 inches and weight of 5.3 pounds (2,400 g), are mating and building their nests at Vancouver's Stanley Park. The trees near the tennis courts is the usual spot which is no different this year. Here is a series of photos taken a week ago yesterday. One heron went to a nearby tree to find a branch for the nest and upon his return passes that branch to his partner who places the find in the proper spot. The first photo shows the bird returning. It's like a relay, isn't it? Enjoy the images.

Below is a view of one of the trees filled with heron nests. The last photo shows a heron flying off toward English Bay. There will be more photos as the nesting season progresses. Meantime, I hope you enjoy these.

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