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Wood tick

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Nature Conservancy's new Tieton River Canyon preserve on a guided members-only tour.

I have posted a couple of pictures from this trip before (here and here).

It's a lovely place, but hey, it has trees and brush, and with those come ticks! :D

Ticks around here are not considered very dangerous -- just annoying blood-sucking parasites, kind of like really slow, very tough, remarkably flat mosquitos. :roll: So mostly I just brush them off and get on with hiking. But this one struck me as photogenic, somehow, so I took the time to take a picture. Just one picture, because the group needed to move on, but it came out OK anyway.

From a technical standpoint, the interesting thing about this picture is that there's nothing much interesting -- just a compact point-and-shoot camera set to macro mode. Tick on left arm, camera held in right hand, half-press to focus and preview, full-press to take the picture. A slightly different angle would have been better, to get the tick's whole body in focus.

The lighting here is not as contrasty as in Mike Broderick's MP-E-65 higher magnification shot back in the old forums, but the two images make kind of an interesting comparison, to support a current discussion over in the Equipment forum.


More technical: Canon SD700 IS, auto-everything. The jpeg file reports 1/200 sec at f/2.8. The inset is full frame. No sharpening or noise reduction.

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Post by Mike B in OKlahoma »

Clearly, the only thing wrong with this forum is that we don't have enough tick shots! Rik, glad you are doing your part to correct this tragic deficiency!
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Post by beetleman »

You can keep your ticks. I had one on me the other day..I did not take a picture of it (i did something else to it though :wink: ). We have to be careful because the ticks around here can carry Lyme disease. A great picture Rik.
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Post by salden »

Ticks are the one insect that I refuse to allow to crawl on me on purpose... well at least when I see them, I usually do not take a photo and then bush it off..it is the other way around :lol:

Nice image of the annoying little thing.
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Post by Sven Bernert »

Go away! :wink:

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Post by Ken Ramos »

Pretty neat shots there Rik. I used to log as an occupation for ten years while living in S.W. Arkansas and usually I would sprinkle Seven Dust on my pants legs or diesel fuel to ward off ticks and such. Then I found out about Avon "Skin So Soft!" It not only makes you smell nice around a bunch of burly loggers with chainsaws but it also keeps ticks off you too, though it does give those burly loggers something to question about you. :lol: Eventually I went back to diesel fuel. 8-[

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