Since returning from Belize (six weeks ago or so) I’d been bothered by a lingering insect bite on my right tricep. It was red and swollen and would drain stuff all the time. I thought I had a botfly larvae (an uncommon, but sort of regular problem) , but when I went into the doctor’s office a couple of weeks after my return the doctor wasn’t convinced and wrote a prescription for antibiotics. They really didn’t do anything. In the meantime I had a different infected bug bite on my left arm. In fact it got so bad I went into a clinic when I was in Utah. They sliced it open, drained some pus and gave me antibiotic injections which solved the problem. All the while the bug bite on my right tricep still bothered me.
Yesterday I finally decided I’d had enough and went back to the doctor’s office. He sent me to a surgeon who sliced me open and pulled out a 1/2″ botfly larvae. I felt vindicated and a little grossed out.
So, what’s a botfly larvae? Well a botfly will capture a mosquito and lay eggs on it. A mosquito will bite you and the eggs will fall off and if conditions are good (or bad depending on your perspective) an egg will hatch and the larvae will burrow into the host and feed on its flesh.
Anyway, here are photographs of the botfly larvae that called me home for six weeks.
Botfly Larvae, 2010
I had a pretty nice afternoon in Island Park today. I drove up Chick Creek Road and found an access road to the upper Buffalo River. I got there while the light was still pretty harsh so I fished for about 30 minutes and caught 10 or so beautiful little Brook Trout. Then I made a few photographs.
Upper Buffalo River, Island Park, ID 2010
Cave Falls is in an isolated corner of Yellowstone National Park. It’s called Cave Falls because there used to be a cave at the base of one of the waterfalls. The cave collapsed a year or two ago, but it’s still a lovely place and well worth the drive. I got to Cave falls just before the sun got off the water. I hung out for a bit and as soon as the sun left the canyon I photographed until I ran out of light. I stayed until it was nearly too dark to see. The warm light in the bottom photograph is reflected light from the nearly full moon. Enjoy.
Cave Falls on the Fall River, Yellowstone National Park, 2010
I wasn’t really happy with the photographs that I took of Ashton Dam back in May, so this evening I revisited. The light was really nice and I made a couple of views with the 4×5 and then I made some digital panoramas. Just as I was getting ready to pack up the gear and head out they opened up a gate and released quite a bit of water through a pipe. I then made a few more exposures (unfortunately the large format camera was already in the van). Here is a comparison…
Ashton Dam, with and without water release, Ashton, ID 2010
Brian and I went back into Sheep Falls last week. It looked much different than it did in July. Here is a comparison…
Sheep Falls on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, ID July and September 2010