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.

Friday, August 17, 2007

The flowering annuals are at their best now...

Recent trips to Vancouver's Stanley Park have shown the annual flowers giving a great show of colour. This is from the entrance on Beech Avenue between the main beach at English Bay and the Second Beach plus the rose garden and other sources of interest. Above is one such bed of annuals with English Bay in the background. The photos below offer close-ups of the flowers with visiting honeybees and bumblebees.

Then there is the blue of the hydrangea in the photos above and below. Although this is a flowering shrub, the flowers are lovely to look at. It's so nice to see some blue.

There are fuchsia-type flowers above and artichoke buds soon to flower in the image below.

Reds and orange are lovely colours to see in any garden planting. Sometimes there are some surprises, such as this Rufous Hummingbird seen in the photos below.

Yellow seems to be a common theme this year as can be seen in the image above and those below.

As seen in a previous post, the horse-drawn trolleys pass through filled with sightseers. Then below the palm tree seen in an earlier post is now partly hidden by the annuals overtaking it.

Canada geese can be seen on the grass in the rose garden area. The roses are not at their best at the moment but there are some pleasant surprises.

A close-up of a yarrow flower, Achillea millefolia, with a wild bee is shown in the image above and that of a dahlia flower with a bee below.

There are more photos to follow. Please enjoy these and comments are gladly received.

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