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, July 17, 2010

Belcarra to Sasamat Lake - Part I - Belcarra to Woodhaven Swamp

Last Saturday, July 10, I was finally able to get out for a hike plus take a good quantity of photos on a hike from Belcarra to Sasamat Lake. It was the first time we had a weekend where there was no interruption in the sunshine or blue sky. It was also just as well that I did the hike that day because I was in the midst of a gout attack late Sunday which then made walking difficult. A hike then would have been out of the question! I began by hiking up the Springboard Trail from Belcarra where I got off the bus from Port Moody. Then it was eastward to the Woodhaven Swamp which had its own trail around it and then on to Sasamat Lake via the Woodhaven Trail. I'll let the photos do the talking for the most part.
The view above is along part of the Springboard Trail. I saw plenty of signs of salmonberry plants but no berries. I was munching on the small, red huckleberries I found as I was hiking along the trail. Later I even found some ripe blueberries! I guess the bears must have gotten to all the salmonberries first. Who knows!
Next comes a series of photos taken along the loop trail that goes around the Woodhaven Swamp. I loved the view from the eastern end of the swamp but even the western end has its charm. The latter location is where I took the shots of the bleached trees against the bright blue sky. Again, I'll let them do the talking. Feel free to ask any questions or to make any comments! - V

Sunday, July 4, 2010

mosses and ferns

Back in March of this year I did a walk on the trails in Robert Burnaby Park in south Burnaby, British Columbia. Its been a while since being able to edit and post these photos of mosses and ferns growing on the bark of a tree in the park but they're finally done. Feel free to comment and to send me your comments privately. Enjoy the photos!!! - V