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, March 9, 2009

More photos from Stanley Park

Well, here are some more photos from Sunday's trip to Vancouver's Stanley Park. I left home after 2 pm walking through the Fraser Cemetery on the way to the Sapperton SkyTrain station. There was a coolish wind out of the east at the time, a bit cooler than I had anticipated. The view above is looking east from the cemetery up the Fraser River. You can see the dull sky as the sun we had earlier was disappearing.
Ah, but there are always some surprises, such as this Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) high up a conifer tree on the cemetery grounds. It was being pestered by a flock of crows and eventually left its perch and headed out.
The bird was a juvenile, not having its full adult feathers just yet. I've seen one such bird a year or so ago at Stanley Park. Last year I saw a total of 17 Bald Eagles. The name for this blog is taken in part from the Latin name for this fascinating bird scanning nature and the life below as it soars high up above.

At Stanley Park the water birds have long been a fascination of mine, such as the American Coot (Fulico americana) above and the Scaup below. I'm still trying to identify the latter. It could be a Greater or a Lesser Scaup and are seen in the spring and fall heading north or south during migrations. The coot, however, looks like an odd bird, more like someone took odd parts from a kit and stuck what ever together. Click on the photo and take a closer look.

Sometimes there are surprises at the park too, such as this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) seen in the photo above.
The smaller birds are a treat for me as well, such as the junco, towhee and other birds above. The bird in the photo below appears to be a female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceas) but I'll have to take a closer look at my bird book to make certain.

The Western Spotted Towhee (Pilipo maculatus) can be seen in many places here, especially around the ponds and the Lost Lagoon area of Stanley Park. And to close off, there are plenty of snowdrops in bloom with a more interesting floral display yet to come, so enjoy these pics for now.


Anonymous said...

great to see your beautiful photographs

SpiritMountainGuy said...

There are more posts with even more photos coming up. Time is limited as you can see with a full-time job plus taking all these photos and then blogging the best but it can be done! Thanks for the compliments!!! - V.