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, June 24, 2007

More photos from Mountain View Conservation & Breeding Centre

Here are a few more photos taken at the Mountain View Conservation & Breeding Centre outside Langley, BC last June. They breed rare and endangered animals and other creatures. The top image shows a couple of lemurs, primates of the infraorder Lemurformes native to the island of Madagascar off the African coast in the Indian Ocean. It was difficult to get any of them in the camera frame since they moved around very quickly. I ended up with a few images with no lemurs in them but they were there when I was about to snap the photo. The second photo is that of an Indian rhino, Rhinoceros unicornis, native to the grasslands and foothills of the Himalayas from northern Pakistan, Nepal and northern India. The tree is a favourite spot for rubbing. The animal had just moved from a position closer to the fence by the time I could take this image. The third and final photo is that of African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus (meaning "painted wold") at feeding time (not to be confused with the hyena, Crocuta crocuta). All three animals are endangered in their natural habitat. Check out the Mountain View Conservation Centre's website for further information.

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