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, September 23, 2009


This past Saturday while checking out Vancouver's Stanley Park using a route I haven't taken for a while, I found this little squirrel near the small bridge to the south of Lost Lagoon. It's called a Douglas' Squirrel and is fully grown. This squirrel is much smaller than the grey or black squirrels, which aren't native to this area by the way, but the Douglas' Squirrel is. I was easily able to get it to come closer for a great photo but each time people would come along it would dart for cover then come back out once they had passed. These are three photos that worked out fine. The others just had blurrs on them, the blurr being the darting squirrel. Another area of the park where you'll find this squirrel is around Beaver Lake (really just a large pond with lots of waterlies). If you love animals and other creatures, check the park out some time when you're in the area! - V.

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