Monday (04-June-2012) — New Jersey

Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Early this morning while not really awake I felt this Dog/Wood Tick crawling up my arm. I collected and saved it for some macro images. Did I say “I Hate Ticks”

Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec) with SB2-R200 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS6. (David J Mathre)
Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec) with SB2-R200 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS6. (David J Mathre)
Underside of a Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec) with SB2-R200 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS6. (David J Mathre)
Underside of a Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec) with SB2-R200 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS6. (David J Mathre)

Sunday (20-May-2012) — New Jersey

Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey: Rabbit and Ticks.

I noticed that one of my local rabbits had some big ticks on its neck. It was trying to rub them off without much luck.

I wanted to see and photograph the annular eclipse today. Unfortunately, I had to cancel the road trip out west due to a meeting in New Jersey that I need to attend on Monday. I do hope to photograph the Venus transit early in June. Weather permitting this should be possible from New Jersey.

Rabbit Trying to Remove the Big Ticks on its Neck. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 900, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Sunday (03-July-2011) — New Jersey

Early Summer Backyard Wildlife in New Jersey.

While working on my previous post “Wild Raspberry Cluster” I found this Dog/Wood Tick crawling up my pants leg. I was only outside 10-15 minutes getting the images for the Raspberry Composite.  The only thing more persistent than the ticks this year are the SEO scripters sending me spam comments, especially to my 13-June-2011 post. I do allow and like comments for my postings (especially constructive criticism) as long as they are relevant to the post.

Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/29, 1/60 sec) with SB900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/29, 1/60 sec) with SB900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5.
Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/51, 1/60 sec) with SB900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/51, 1/60 sec) with SB900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5.
Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/51, 1/60 sec) with SB900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/51, 1/60 sec) with SB900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5.
Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/45, 1/60 sec) with SB900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Dog/Wood Tick. Early Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 100, 210 mm, f/45, 1/60 sec) with SB900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5.

Sunday (19-June-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey: The Ticks are Back!.

So while processing the Rabbit images, I feel something crawling on me. Yet another Tick. Will need to do some research to see if it is a Deer Tick, Dog Tick, or Wood Tick. Let me know if you recognize this critter. I have both a top and bottom view using macro lenses.

[21-June-2011: Rick Sidler sent me a link that clearly shows this to be Dog Tick (also known as a Wood Tick)]

Tick. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens + TC-E III 20 (ISO 210, 60 mm, f/32, 1/250 sec) and SB900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Tick. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens + TC-E III 20 (ISO 210, 60 mm, f/32, 1/250 sec) and SB900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.
Tick. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/22, 1/250 sec) and SB900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Tick. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/22, 1/250 sec) and SB900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.