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

Hawthorne Rotary Park revisited

On a sunny day earlier this month I took advantage of the fine weather to walk down to Hawthorne Rotary Park, see what has happened since my last visit and perhaps take some more photos. I was not disappointed as you can see by the image above and those that follow. The rhododendrons are coming into more prominence as their blooms open up as seen in the photo below.

With all the flowers about there are surprisingly few bees, flies or butterflies about. I did see a lone honey bee, hoverfly and a bumble bee that flew off when it saw my shadow. I used to have a house in southwestern Ontario until I sold it in the summer of 2005. There were many flowerbeds and numerous blooms throughout the growing season. I had lots of bumble bees, some honey bees, butterflies and hoverflies but then I used organic methods and did not use chemical sprays to control insects and weeds. I used companion planting to control the insects, such as aphids, and used the old fashioned methods of pulling weeds out by hand. It was a lot more time consuming but far better for the environment. Now the latest I am hearing is that the bees are on a decline and disappearing fast. Honey bees are used to pollinate all sorts of fruits trees, vegetables and other important plants. Watch the supermarkets for higher prices if there is a drop in yield. Human beings are going to have to treat their environment and the creatures that live in it better or there will be some dire consequences.

So in the photos above you see rhododendrons, spring heather, hyacinths, daffodils, narcissi and other flowers with plenty of bright colours to perk everyone up after the past few weeks of rainy weather. Now spring is here and the warm weather to stay for a while. Enjoy! I plan to follow this post with another one on the flowers in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Look for those photos!

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