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, November 14, 2011


Yesterday afternoon I was watching a program on tv hosted by Rick Steves.  It was about Christmas traditions in Italy (Rome) and Switzerland (Gimmelwald).  We are, after all, half way through the month of November with Christmas and the end of the year just around the corner.  It dawned on me that Gimmelwald was familiar for some reason.  When I checked the maps for the area, I found out why.  I had been to the same mountain valley back in 1972.  Above is one of my photos I took at the time of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Staubbach Falls, where the water drops about 900 feet to the  bottom and is more like vapour (hence the name Staubbach, Staub meaning dust or it could refer to vapour in the case).  The maps is from one of the local websites from the area.  Check it out! - V