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.

Monday, February 18, 2008

More Annual Flowers from Stanley Park - August 2007

Just to have you dream of warmer, more pleasant weather, here are a few more photos of annuals at Stanley Park taken in August 2007. The image above is a globe artichoke in flower. The flower heads are edible if picked before the flowerheads open. I have pickled the smaller, more tender artichokes in vinegar and olive oil after cooking them. Then as a flower, they have their beauty too plus attract bees to the garden. I haven't been able to identify the other flowers below but that they attract bees (honeybees, bumblebees, etc) is evident. Enjoy the pics.

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