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.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Western Pearly Everlasting

In July 2009 I hiked some of the lower trails on Hollyburn Mountain and in August of that year I made it all the way up to the summit. On the upper parts of the trail I saw plenty of these alpine flowers, the Western Pearly Everlasting, or Anaphalis margaritacea occidentalis in Latin. There were clumps of them growing here and there along the trail. This included finding a bumblebee resting on one such flower. These bees are known to be docile but I wasn't about to test the theory. Enjoy these photos and the new header photo! Feel free to comment or ask any questions. - V

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