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.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

more photos from Buntzen Lake

Here are more photos I took during the walk from Port Moody to Buntzen Lake. I decided to walk rather than wait for the C26 bus. As I was perhaps a quarter of the way up the hill, the bus passed by. Just the same, if I hadn't walked, I wouldn't have seen what I did on the way. The last few rhododendrons were still in bloom but fading and the sky had some clouds in it but it was much more blue sky than we'd seen in a while.
There is a view down the hill or mountain toward Port Moody in the photo above. There were enough flowers to see, such as Scotch Broom and foxgloves as well as seen below. And I love the blue sky against the fresh green growth of conifers. The first wild raspberries were ready for picking. Well, the birds have certainly found some!
There is a beautiful view of the mountains as I walked west-northwest along East Road to Anmore from where the road leads to Buntzen Lake. I found a couple of horses in a field along the road in Anmore and immediately thought of a friend in Pennsylvania who loves horses and has her own. I had to take a couple of photos of which I'm posting one of them.
Then I entered the park and proceeded north along the road to the Buntzen Lake. The water levels at the lake are higher than normal because of construction work below the dam at the north end of the lake. As you view the following photos, you'll see some with picnic tables, signs and trees sitting in water in areas normally dry land.
Swallows were flitting low over the lake and there certainly were enough mosquitos to keep them fed. The birds used this cedar to rest before continuing their foraging.
I also took a few photos of the sky as I waited for the C26 bus into Port Moody at a bus stop in Anmore. We're not seeing enough blue sky this year and temperatures are not as warm but all was well that day! I hope you've enjoyed these photos. There will be more as my trail hiking is only beginning! - V

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