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.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring on Burnaby Mountain

This past Monday (Easter Monday) I was up on the western end of Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, British Columbia to see how far along the Japanese Cherry Trees were. Well, they are in flower now but will be better this weekend or next. They are likely delayed due to the elevation as the ones in Vancouver are a week or so ahead in flowering. I plan to make another visit this weekend, weather permitting.
While we're on the subject of cherry trees, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing and is presenting its second annual Bike the Blossoms on Saturday (tomorrow) from 10 am till 4 pm. The start is at Vancouver's Van Dusen Botanical Gardens plus a number of other start points. The 23 km circular route is fairly easy and has farmer's markets and eateries along the route. If you live in the Greater Vancouver area, for more information check out their website at for the details and to register.

Bees of all sorts are important pollinators, so bumblebees were busy collecting nectar at the spring heather that blooms in beds near the Horizon Restaurant at the western end of Burnaby Mountain (see centre of photo above).
The view from this end of the mountain is fantastic. The image above shows Capital Hill in the centre, downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park behind that and the Coast Mountains to the right. There is yet another view below.

Above, there is Capital Hill and a better view of the Coast Mountains to the right with a closer view of Capital Hill below. Both Burnaby Mountain and Capital Hill are sedimentary in nature. They were left by the retreating glaciers and so are different in structure from that of the Coast Mountains.

Then the photo below shows a rain shower in progress in North Vancouver as seen from the mountain (centre background).

I also saw a guy trying out his parasail technique on Burnaby Mountain as well. The wind varied and would die suddenly for no reason before building again. It was after watching him for a while that I noticed a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) fly overhead east-northeast toward Burrard Inlet and the mountains. There are a lot of updrafts allowing for soaring! I've seen about five eagles so far this year as opposed to 17 of them last year.

The image above shows a close-up view of Hastings Street in Burnaby looking west and the one below shows Metrotown, also in Burnaby.

The photo above and the one below show typical trails on the mountain. The Trans-Canada Trail crosses Burnaby Mountain. I hope you've enjoyed the photos, and if you don't live in the area, perhaps you'll take the time to visit us one day to see all this first-hand.

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