The first thing I did upon arriving in the national park was to hike through the rainforest by myself. I knew leeches were a thing there but I imagined I could avoid them fairly easily by just watching where I stepped. Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Just as I was marveling at the biggest bamboo I had ever seen in my life and feeling super jungly and adventurous, I looked down to find leeches burrying themselves into my feet. I tried with very little success to tear them off right there on the trail but they're strong little suckers (pun intended) so I instead ran back to the park entrance in a panic. I could feel them wriggling in between my toes with every hurried step; my feet were sticky with blood, my hair was falling around my face, and I was absolutely drenched in sweat. I ripped off my sandals and stuffed my feet into the sink, taking at least 30 minutes to pick off every last one and beat it with my shoe.


Technical Details

  • Camera: DSC-H90
  • Taken: October 5, 2012
  • Focal length: 4mm
  • Aperture: f/3
  • Exposure: 1/15 second
  • ISO: 400

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