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.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fly Agaric

In the fall of 2007 I posted some photos of the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) and other wild mushrooms. This fungus looks pretty but its poisonous, so enjoy the looks of it but keep your hands of it and keep it out of the kitchen. I've decided to use the first image as my latest header photo since the one with the goldenrod and the honeybee has been there for a while (2007). That one was taken at White Rock, British Columbia. The Fly Agaric series of photos was taken at Hastings Park in Vancouver in the autumn of 2007. Enjoy them once again! - V

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Niagara Falls

Until early 2006 I spent most of my life living in southwestern Ontario, other than the few years we lived in Germany up until 1957 and the six months I spent in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1991 into early 1992. In 1968 we went to Niagara Falls for the day and went there at least twice. These are photos from one of those visits. The photo above shows the Horseshoe Falls from the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Niagara Gorge is below it.
The American Falls as seen in the image above is not as beautiful as the Horseshoe Falls but you have to appreciate it too.
A photo taken from near the edge of the Horseshoe Falls shows you the power of the water going over the edge into the gorge. If you look very carefully in the last photo you'll see a rainbow in the mist above the falls. If you've never seen them, a visit is recommended. Its well worth the trip to see the falls and the floral clock to be found to the north of Niagara Fall, Ontario. Enjoy the photos! - V