Mr. and Mrs. Tick

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    I should explain what this is... It is a big female tick, bloated on the blood of a black dog, and a smaller male tick, climbing on for a little intimacy. Those are little red wriggly legs, poking out of the female's fat sack of a body...

    I had actually just pulled the fat tick from the black dog's back. You have to unscrew ticks in a clockwise direction because they embed their heads inside the skin, so if you just pull them straight out then the head can break off and remain inside, causing an infection.

    I put the tick down on the concrete and then noticed the smaller one, hanging on to its beloved. Strange, huh?

    -- I'd originally thought this was a mother and child rather than a mating couple. See Richard Culleton's comment below. --

    Is this perhaps the most disgusting portrait subject that I've ever photographed? At least, thinking about the animal's lifestyle just gives me the squirms. But I don't want it to disgust me...

    What blows my mind is to contemplate that this creature is the very same Universal Consciousness that is within me, you and everything else in this infinitely rich universe...
    Am I able to love and respect it as an expression of Supreme Consciousness?
    Am I able to respect the role that this creature plays in the rich drama of this world?

    How about you?

    Auroville, south India
    Journey to the East set

    zenmasterlauren, SteveFE, zenosaurus, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Eclectic moma 93 months ago | reply

      i UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU SAY AND I FEEL THE WORDS "UNGLY", "DISGUSTING" ...COME FROM BRAINWASHING. IF WE ARE ABLE TO SEE NATURE WITH UNBIASED EYES, NOT WITH THE "WORDS" CULTURE HAS PLACED IN OUR BRAINS FOR MANY THINGS IT HA SLABELED, , WE CAN APPRECIATE CONSCIOUSNESS FULLY.

      IT IS NOT EASY, I HAD TO PAUSE A SEC AND TELL MYSELF, YOU ARE GOING TO LOOK AT IT FROM ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW, AS A BIOLOGICAL BODY, AS A LIVING SYSTEM, AS A FELLOW CREATURE, AS A CREATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS.

    2. S.C. Asher 90 months ago | reply

      That there is the definition of nasty.

    3. Cainnable 86 months ago | reply

      disgusting...

    4. matits [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

      VERY DISGUSTING GROSS!!!!!! lets step on it so itll burst!!!

    5. JLow1971 85 months ago | reply

      I had to have one of these revolting things plucked off my dogs ear a few years ago..
      Damn good photo though, hope you squashed it afterwards LOL.

    6. Ingo Vogelmann [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      You shouldn't screw them out. This is a wrong fairytale. Just pull them out straight and slow with a constant movement.

    7. Tunedbeat 80 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Arachnids, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    8. lizjones112 78 months ago | reply

      That is just so gross!

    9. DreamzInColor 78 months ago | reply

      ewwwwww'
      Yuckers.
      Please share this image in
      ~Nature's Instinct~ (QualityImagesPool)

    10. topquark22 75 months ago | reply

      Interesting. What is the scale? It is hard to tell the size from this photograph because there is nothing for comparison.

    11. lizjones112 75 months ago | reply

      If you read the thread you will see that the answer is there.

    12. huzeone 74 months ago | reply

      I grew up with my house infested with ticks just like the one you photographed. Years later I learned these ticks were responsible for my ravaged mind and body. Also all my dead dogs in the past started to make sense. Lyme disease is something else Ill tell you.But hey, nice pix, even though it brings back bad memorys.........

    13. alanwoo 73 months ago | reply

      Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    14. Vivid_Crystal 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Ticks, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. janelle.rose 58 months ago | reply

      Woah, this is so strange. I've never seen anything like this before!

    16. 00100011001111001111 [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

      you should take the photo with a ruler like the police do

    17. Ella.1839 58 months ago | reply

      Haha, agh, I call them "The Raisin Tick"

    18. Indy di 48 months ago | reply

      Well, maybe Richard Culleton has the same "Universal Consciousness" as a tick, but I don't!

    19. cc.cale 48 months ago | reply

      I have that same sort of feeling and interest in these spiders.. they are beautiful in a way too :)

    20. seanpconn 35 months ago | reply

      Nonsense, "i UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU SAY AND I FEEL THE WORDS "UNGLY", "DISGUSTING" ...COME FROM BRAINWASHING. IF WE ARE ABLE TO SEE NATURE WITH UNBIASED EYES, NOT WITH THE "WORDS" CULTURE HAS PLACED IN OUR BRAINS FOR MANY THINGS IT HA SLABELED, , WE CAN APPRECIATE CONSCIOUSNESS FULLY." If you really want to respect consciousness fully, respect another and not your own foolish version. And if brainwashing has taught me to hate things that are biological like the black plague, or aids, or any other variety of biologic organic entities that feed off of other things and cause them misery and pain, then so be it.

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