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, August 21, 2007

Summertime at Lost Lagoon

Summertime is when we see the Canada geese with their young charges and mallard ducks with their young all around the Lost Lagoon in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Unfortunately, it's also the time of algae bloom in the water which gives the water a greenish colour and an off aroma. The droppings from all the water birds give the algae a perfect catalyst for growth. Just the same I enjoy seeing the wildlife in its various forms. This might include the great blue heron, the swan, Canada goose, mallard ducks or turtles. This was certainly the case a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy these photos starting with the great blue heron above and a photo of the lagoon below.

I've been visiting Stanley Park for over a year since moving to British Columbia and this was the first time that I noticed that the swans were banded as can be see in the photo above and the close-up below.

The image above shows the water fountain in the lagoon and the photo below shows turtles lined up on a log sunning themselves.

I found a heron on the hunt for food and below are a couple of swans with a close-up below that.

There is another view of the Lost Lagoon from the west side looking toward downtown Vancouver. Below are photos of Canada geese, including their young goslings. I hope you have enjoyed these images. There are more to come!

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