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, August 10, 2011

Hollyburn Mountain and the chipmunk!

Now that I've recovered enough from my mini-stroke that I had in early May I am considering doing a hike up Eagle Mountain this Saturday, weather permitting, which will allow me to rest before I head back to work on Monday. The mountain is on the east side of Buntzen Lake northwest of Port Moody. There are a few small lakes (ponds more likely) up there plus a couple of waterfalls and some great views. I'll post the best images here when its all done.
Meantime, these photos are from a hike I did up Hollyburn Mountain in August 2009. The view there were well worth the effort of getting up to the summit. I found a wooden bench at the top and I wasn't there more than a few minutes when a chipmunk joined me where I was seated. In this case it was a Least Chipmunk (or Neotamias minimus in Latin). Here are a few shots of the little fellow who rolled in the dirt after getting a handout of mixed nuts (unsalted, of course!). The little fellow isn't exactly underfed as you can see. I saved the dried fruit for myself. I hope the next series of photos are as good or better. There are such beautiful vistas to share with everyone, and if you live here, take the time to see what nature has to offer firsthand. - V


Diane Khalil said...

Like your blog a lot!
Hugs from Argentina

SpiritMountainGuy said...

Thanks, Diane! I'm heading out for a hike today. Its been last year since the last one. This year's hiking schedule was disrupted when I suffered a mini-stroke in early May but now that I've fully recovered, I am out again, this time to Eagle Mountain to the east of Buntzen Lake.

Perhaps I'll see more chipmunks or a Douglas' Squirrel or two. This squirrel is native to this part of British Columbia.

Take care and have an awesome weekend! - Volker