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, April 4, 2009

Vancouver's False Creek - South Shore Part II

With Part II we continue. The weather was great for a walk last Sunday along the south shore of False Creek as the sun and blue skies would indicate. Many people took advantage of the pleasant break in the overcast, rainy weather to walk, ride their bikes or skateboard. The view above is from the east side of the Cambie Street bridge looking east toward Science World and the highrise condos behind. The image below was taken from the same side of the bridge looking toward Yaletown with one of the stadiums behind, one of the sites of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic games (opening ceremonies I believe). The photo below that shows a view of the Cambie bridge looking north.

There are signs of spring everywhere, including this hill with a forsythia shrub blooming halfway up, and then there is this pond in Charleson Park along the south shore of False Creek. Then there are some early rhododendrons in bloom as well.

The photo above shows a hill on the eastern end of Granville Island and the image below looks east-northeast from near the island. You can see the dome of Science World in the distance.

The flower buds on some trees are thick and ready to open soon. Magnolia trees should be in bloom very soon.

Planters of spring flowers can be seen on Granville Island and elsewhere. Below is a view of the Armory on Burrard Street just south of the Burrard bridge. The Molson Brewery is just behind that between the Armory and False Creek.

Banners are up for the forthcoming Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Some of the first cherry trees are already in bloom in Vancouver as seen this week, a week of rainy, overcast weather. Mother Nature gave us an April Fools joke Wednesday (April 1st) with snow most of the day though it didn't stay except in higher altitudes. When taking the SkyTrain into town to work that day, I even saw a bald eagle even with the train as we entered New Westminster station. The mix of rain and snow didn't seem to be a bother. Anyway, check out the website regarding the cherry blossom festival.
The photo above shows the view from the east side of the Burrard bridge and then the images below show views on the Burrard bridge and the street itself.

I thought I'd end the post with a view looking up at one of the major hotel towers in downtown Vancouver. You can see that hotel (the Sheraton on Burrard Street at Nelson) in the photo above and a close view in the image below. I hope you've enjoyed the photos. If you live in the area, perhaps it'll bring back memories or if you don't, perhaps you might want to visit to see the Greater Vancouver area first-hand! Have a great weekend, as this one appears to be better than the last!!! With Easter next weekend, perhaps even better weather is at hand!

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