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, June 10, 2009

Lions Gate Bridge

A few weekends ago I took a walk up to the Lions Gate Bridge. The route takes me through Stanley Park. Its just a road, not very impressive, until you get to the bridge. These are some of the photos I took as a result. The scenes start with the approach to the bridge and then the lions that greet you once you get to your destination.
The 3-lane bridge was built across the first narrows on Burrard Inlet to allow British Properties to access their holdings on the north shore. Construction started March 31, 1937 and took one and one half years to complete at a cost of $5,873,837.17. The design work was done by Monsarrat and Pratley of Montreal, the company that later was responsible for designing the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a bridge built of similar design. Opened to traffic on November 14, 1938, the bridge was officially opened by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on May 29, 1939. On January 20, 1955 the Guiness family sold the bridge to the province of British Columbia. The tolls were taken off the bridge in 1963. It is currently owned by the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and maintained by Mainroad Contracting Limited. For more information about the bridge check out the Wikipedia entry on the subject.

You can see Stanley Park from above, such as a view of the seawall in the photo above, and also see downtown Vancouver (below).

There is a small bridge across the highway (Hwy 99 and 1A) built in a similar Art Deco style as the approaches to the Lions Gate Bridge. The Art Deco style was popular during the time in the 1930s. The white flowers are English Daisies!

I hope you've enjoyed these photos. There are more to come in future. - V.


Anonymous said...

reading a book called getaways last story in it titled sudden showers is great it takes place in vancouver thanks for great photos i was able to see what the characters of the story saw on their sightseeing trip. check out book its great

SpiritMountainGuy said...

I'm in Vancouver this afternoon, so I'll make a point of heading over to Chapters! Thanks for checking out the blog!!! - V.