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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

tulips - present and past

Tulips are just one of my favourite spring flowers, especially those with colour and a lot of punch, such as the ones you see below. The first set of photos were taken late afternoon on Sunday, May 3rd when it would appear, the tulips were probably at their best colourwise. It was an overcast afternoon by the time I got to the English Bay beach seen in the photo above but I did manage to get some good photos as the wind was picking up with rain threatening.
These two pics of the colourful flowers (yellow with red) were found in the raised beds containing the fan palms as you approach the beach. I love the underplanting of forget-me-nots!

The red tulips underplanted with forget-me-nots are my favourite of the two colours shown. The planting above was on Denman at Davie Streets. I really love the photo below. I got down on my knees for that shot but since my right knee has been acting up for some weeks prior (crazy weather I guess?), it was a bit of a chore to get back up though certainly worth it! You draw your own conclusions.

On May 10th, Mother's Day, the yellow tulips were still going strong but were on the downward side of their life as flowers. The weather was warm, just the sun was lacking but as you can see, lots of people were out walking, riding their bikes, skateboarding or whatever.

As you can see, by Mother's Day, the red tulips were nearly at the end of their life cycle as flowers this spring. These photos were taken a week after the first set. Quite a difference! The tulips were fading but the forget-me-nots were going strong, rather fitting that it was Mother's Day, don't you think? Hope you've enjoyed this colourful look into one of my favourite spring flowers, the beloved tulip! - V.

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