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, February 19, 2008

English Bay Beach and that sub-tropical feel...

Northern latitudes and their associated climates can be deceiving. Take British Columbia's lower mainland as an example. Being north of the 49th parallel you would associate this area more with conifers and a boreal forest than tropical and sub-tropical plants. Well, with climatic zones between a 7 and a 9 this area can (and do) support such sub-tropical plants as palms and banana plants, though these are of the hardy and cold-tolerant variety. The photo above is a prime example of this deception. Pictured are fan palms, the Windmill Palm, or Trachycarpus fortunei in Latin. English Bay Beach (Main) is a prime location for these palms and other sub-tropical plants such as banana plants (Musa ssp.). Below is a planting along a street opposite the beach. Not what you would associate with a northern climate, is it? I hope you enjoy these photos.

The flowers are yellow (male) and greenish (female) followed by greenish fruit that turns yellow to blue-black in mid-autumn. The fruit are kidney-shaped at 10-12 mm long. The photo above and below show them as they look in August.

Above is a photo of a planting of fan palms, banana plants, annual flowers and various other interesting plants in a small park opposite the Starbucks at Denman and Davie Streets in Vancouver's West End. Below is a close-up of a banana plant (Musa ssp.) in flower with fruit. Interesting, eh? Perhaps you have learned something whether you live in the Vancouver area or elsewhere.


Anonymous said...

gorgeous plants

Volker said...

Thanks. You do with words what I portray in photos. Continue what you are doing. Collectively, we all enrich each other's experience in life!