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.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sculptures on Burnaby Mountain: Kamui Mintara, or "Playground of the Gods" - Part II

This post is a continuation of the previous one on the sculptures on Burnaby Mountain: Kamui Mintara, or "Playground of the Gods." The view from the western end of the mountain is magnificent any time of the year. The photos in this series were taken in early and mid-February 2008. Above is a view of Capital Hill (foreground) with Stanley Park and Hollyburn Mountain in the background in a winter setting. Then the photo below shows the snow-covered Coast Mountains (looking north), also in early February.

The western part of the mountain has plenty of activity in the winter with snowboarding as just one example. In summer there is plenty of other activity such as picnics, people admiring the flowers in the rosegarden or just taking in the scenery, which is reason enough to visit the mountain. Then the day I went to visit in early February I stayed late to see the sunset and to see the moon coming up from the east plus take in the sight of two bald eagles soaring overhead. I have seen 13 bald eagles so far this year, most of them at Burnaby Mountain with five being the most I've seen at one time!

Part of Kamui Mintara at sunset (Feb) can be seen in the photo above and the series of plaques in front of the sculptures are pictured below. The plaques tell the story behind the symbolism of the work and the connection between the Ainu of Japan and the Gods that brought them into being. So a question comes to mind: Who were these "Gods" and where did the Ainu come from originally??? Decide for yourself!

Kamui Mintara shown above at sunset and a bald eagle soaring overhead seen in the photo below. I only got a few photos of one of the pair though it would have been great to get both in the same shot.

The piece in the photo above is pointing directly at Kushiro, Japan (Hokkaido) across the Pacific Ocean. Note the Ainu word for the region in the name: Hokkaido. Enjoy the photos, and the scenery! - Volker

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