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, March 17, 2009


I've long had a fascination with birds, especially the small ones. Perhaps my father raising canaries when I was young had something to do with that. Well, it would have played a small part. I've had an interest in nature and the life in it since at least age three. This interest just became more focused as I got older. These photos were taken on a trip to Vancouver's Stanley Park on Sunday. Its difficult getting these little birds in the frame long enough to take a photo but with anticipating their movements, it is possible.
The first three photos are of the Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla) while the last is of the Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens). The first weighs a mere 0.39 ounces while the latter is about 0.34 ounces, rather small birds indeed. Enjoy these photos! I'll focus on water birds in the next post.

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