Tight as a tick
A tick burrows into dinner, which in this case happens to be the leg of Ashley Prytherch, a medical photographer based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, England. This image brought Prytherch a 2014 Wellcome Image award but, fortunately, nothing more.
Ticks are notorious disease carriers. They feed on the blood of other animals and if one of those animals is infected, the tick may transmit that infection to the next animal it takes a meal from.
Among the transmissible diseases to humans: babesiosis, ehrilichosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and, of course, Lyme disease, which some experts say is much more prevalent than some statistics suggest.
Cody William Smith is a professional Photographer and Director of Photography. Originally from Reno Nevada, he moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and earned his BFA in Cinema from Columbia College in 2012. As a photographer he specializes in landscape, fine art, and environmental portraiture. He also freelances as a gaffer, 1st AC, and photography assistant.
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