To Nature Enthusiasts, Hunters and Hikers- Tick Identification and Effects
Lone Star Ticks are most common in my area and are without a doubt in full swing as our winter was very mild.They are easily recognized by the white dot (females) on the center of their backs. Males have white lines around the edges of the top of their bodies. These ticks are oftenmistaken for blacklegged ticks formerly known as “deer ticks” that cause Lyme Disease.
Lone star ticks live throughout eastern, southeastern and midwestern parts of the country where woodlands and white tail deer are plentiful.
Possible effects of Lone Star tick bites on humans:
Rash that looks similar to Lyme and may involve fatigue, headache,fever,muscle and joint pains (STARI)
Heartland Virus: fatigue, fever, headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, appetite loss and upset stomach.
Severe Red Meat Allergy with symptoms of anaphylaxis 4-6 hours after eating red meat.
White footed mice are the carriers of Lyme Disease. Lone Star ticks do not feed on them.
Ticks are attracted to your carbon dioxide.
Ticks don’t drop from above they crawl up from the ground.
Tick checks can be fun with your significant other.
Most of us love to be outdoors and are more likely to enjoy them if we exercise a little precaution when exploring in the tall grass or woods. I wear mid calf boots with my pants tucked in and usually long sleeves if I am out in the early morning and the heat is not terribly skortching. Insect spray can also be helpful or wearing your pants inside of your socks and may also double as a creative form of birth control unless you are really good at pulling off that look.
Remember, finding ticks latched on on your person can feel like playing russian roulette and no one likes a tick bite related illness. So cover up if you can and give yourself a tick check upon returning. Often times you can find them before they latch on.
Happy outdooring, stay safe and well!
Photo Description: Walk in the Woods: The woods are an endless source of wonder. Where remnants of Indian trails and unmarked roads sometimes appear.
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The peach and crab apple are in full bloom and the humidity is rising with the temperature, the whizzing and buzzing of insects are now relentless. Spring is in full swing.
Controlled burns in my area this week. – Flinthills Ks.
While annoying and smelly a controlled burn is an important part of rebuilding the prairie for several reasons.
●Clears away dead vegetation and weeds.
●Allows light to reach new native Prairie plants to grow.
●Releases nutrients into the soil jumpstarting the plants.
☆Before white settlers arrived , Native Americans set fire to the prairies every year for the Buffalo and other game to feed on.☆ – °The Prairie Builders – S.B. Collard
Does your state practice controlled burns?
On the easel this week: #ACEO Sneak Peek
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We had a little snow thankfully on Sunday which put out most of the ghastly historically record breaking wild fire we had here in Kansas. Between Okla. and Kansas 400,000 acres were burned. It didn’t take long to melt and the temps were back up in the 70’s the next day.
My son and I broke our walking record this week as we made it to the 13 mile mark which is roughly 4 hours on the trail. Good times.
Pictured also is my horse Redee. She was definitely feeling the crazy weather an did not care for the wildfire smoke that nearly blotted out the sun.
Books On the Nightstand: Some of my inspiration.
Dear America – The Winter of Red Snow – Revolutionary War Diary by Kristina Gregory
The Upland Bird Art of Maynard Reece
Death on the Western Frontier – Kansas1875-1879 by E.Fleharty, G. Hulett
Spirit of the Flinthills by K.Ohm
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I love to explore and create usually in that order. Exploring always helps free my creative spirit.
I kept the features with this one delicate with subtle contrasting tones to express the calm of a forest walk at sunrise. It has a smooth texture with organic shapes and flowing movement. The colors are warm and hopeful.