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365 Day Photo Challenge – Day 2 – Silhouette

This friendly dragonfly hung out with me all day on a deserted island off of Guard’s Shore beach, in Virginia. We spent four days and nights camping on this island. It was a lot of fun, but there are about 12 different types of biting flies here and they mean business! Needless to say, the trip was over when we ran out of bug spray! The citronella oil in the tiki torches really didn’t do much. Eastern Shore bugs are seemingly immune to most bug repellents. Cutter Deep Woods is all we’ve found effective here.

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Windy Grace Mason is a freelance writer and photographer from the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia. Her favorite topics are world culture and religions, alternative lifestyles and medicine, the arts, psychology, philosophy, morals, social etiquette and local history. Windy Grace was first published at 14 years of age and also enjoys writing poetry and musical lyrics.

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  1. What a wonderful place to camp though, a deserted island. Bring a box of deep woods off! lol I got a taste of the biting flies in Gulf Breeze Florida. They love me! I tried everything before I resorted to the deep woods off. Then it would only last about two hours. The darn things would get stuck in the oil on my skin. hahaha. We don’t have them here, but our ants will make up for them. You have the fire ants, we have the harvester ant. But as far as bugs we don’t have many pests. Everything in the desert will poke, stick or stiing, we have a lot of those.

    • Oh, yes, it was a grand adventure, Kim, especially with my very nutty camp buddy lol It was a super full moon and peak baby jellyfish season so I was rewarded for getting eat up by many, many bugs with the experience of swimming in the bay with baby jellyfish lighting up all around me with the light of the biggest, brightest moon I’ve ever seen! It was so worth it! 🙂 You’re exactly right! Reapplication of the Deep Woods is a constant, especially in more humid environments where these bugs live and thrive anyway. Cacti are lethal, but beautiful! Here, our equivalent to that would be the notorious sticker briar bushes. They’ll reach out and hold you hostage!

        • Nope, didn’t get stung once and they were everywhere, all over me, lit up like lightning bugs 🙂 I think a little later in the season they begin stinging a little and then more and more; but at the beginning they don’t sting at all. I agree. I would deal with the bugs again to get the chance!

    • Thank you so very much, Jason! I’ve heard it called both Job and Jacob’s Island. I’ve been there several times. It is just a canoe trip away from Ann’s Cove and Guard’s Shore. Rowing out of Ann’s Cove is the fastest, easiest route. Be prepared for horse flies that can pick you and carry you away though!

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