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, April 27, 2008

A winter sunset on Burnaby Mountain

Over the past six months or so I've been up on Burnaby Mountain several times. The mountain is located just east of where I currently live in north Burnaby. There is a fantastic view all seasons of the year and especially after sunset when the stars and the city lights are seen in all their brilliance. The scene above is of a sunset looking west toward Vancouver. The Ainu scuptures are in the foreground. I hope to have a post on the scultures soon as time permits. In the meantime, enjoy this image. - Volker

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cloud patterns and reflections

My old hard drive on my laptop computer died over three weeks ago and I am only now getting back to normal with the new drive working as planned. This is part of the reason why I haven't posted for a while. The other is that I have been rather busy and just lacked sufficient time to post.

A week ago Sunday I was in Vancouver during the afternoon going into the evening. I was struck by the unusual cloud patterns in the sky above these office towers on West Georgia Street at Burrard. Without the clouds this would just be an ordinary scene. Added to that are the reflections in the buildings. The building in the background in the first photo above is Hotel Vancouver on Burrard Street at West Georgia. Then the crane adds the the unusual scene. What are your thoughts and impressions?

Then this highrise office tower is on West Georgia Street at Thurlow Street. It appears to be the highest building in the Vancouver downtown.

Then above and below are images of the cloud patterns above Hotel Vancouver. This is an unusual scene I often don't see and I couldn't resist taking some photos. Comment if you like!