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.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

the Western Honey Bee or Apis mellifera

This image of the Carnica bee on Soldago was taken by Frank Mikley, 2006-06-09.
This image of Bees-wings is from PD

Photo, Honeybee landing on Milkthistle, was taken by Fir0002. All images are from the Wikipedia Commons under the GNU Free Documentation License. See these and other photos plus details on the Western honey bee or European honey bee [Apis mellifera] at:
I will soon post about the Colony Collapse Disorder [CCD] affecting the honey bee currently. The microsporidium parasite called Nosema ceranae is one of many potential causes of the die off and collapse of the bee hives in North America, Europe and elsewhere. Meantime, this small sampling of photos will give those that have never seen this bee up close, or that may be affected by an allergic reaction should they be stung by them, a chance to see the honey bee at a safe distance. More information and news coming soon.

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