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, June 3, 2008

Spring at Queen's Park

Saturday I did a short walk through Queen's Park in New Westminster, and I do mean short, since the park isn't all that big when compared with Stanley Park and other area parks. As you can see from the top photo the hills are alive with "buttercups" everywhere but there are other wildflowers such as the English daisy in the photo below. In German this flower is called "Gaenseblumen" or literally "goose flowers."

I have no idea what the name of the above tree is called but the flowers are beautiful. The tree though appears to be in the legume family. Then the blooms on the tree below are wonderful in their own right as well. My books for identifying these trees, shrubs and wildflowers are stored away as yet. Any ideas what they might be? - Volker

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