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This is poison oak by Lenny La Rue, IPA

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Take a good look at this stuff and you’ll know about 1/5 of what you need to know to avoid it. It changes colours multiple times on the same plant. It grows up, down, and sideways. It can get you even when it’s not there because it was there and you didn’t know it. And it’s not an oak tree. Poison ivy looks like ivy; poison oak looks like Odo from that Star Trek series: anything it wants to look like.

Whatever you do, don’t pick it up, aim it at the camera, and take lots of pictures of it to post online or sell worldwide.

This concludes the class Poison Oak 101. There will be a quiz when your itching stops.

PS Some people seem to be immune to the effects of poison oak. I’m one of them. So, no I’m not a blithering idiot willing to do anything for The Shot. Well, that’s not really true; I’ll do anything until I find one thing I won’t do. Then I’ll correct myself. But it’s just AWESOME that there’s one thing where I finally get the advantage over the everyday bloke. Heeee heeee and woo hoo! :-D

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and you’ll always be OK. ;-)

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  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 6 years ago

    well…no matter how much u may beg? i’m not doing that……..
    i will however take one of the poison IVY we have that i am SOOOOOOOO not allergic to. hmph
    lol..i remember OAK very well unfortunately (my one other experience of being a ball of red bumpy itches)

  • Karirose
    Kariroseover 6 years ago

    I’m envious of your immunity. I have memories, not so fond either, of laying on the couch and my mother slathering Calamine lotion on me to help relieve the itch—it didn’t much help. Once it was in/on my eyes. (yep. it got on my hands and I rubbed my eyes…. I looked like a poster child against child abuse)

    I should say something positive about the shot, but … I don’t think that will happen today. ;)

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...over 6 years ago

    LMAO!!! You are extremely funny!!! And lucky to be able to touch that stuff! I knew a guy (loooong time ago) that got this stuff on his hands, then everywhere he touched it spread to. Yeah, even there :( Great macro, and thanks for the photo with all the great info!!!

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62over 6 years ago

    LOL Phew… glad you explained that Lenny… you’ve got yourself some magic hands there! Thanks for the lesson : ) .. so far..never had the experience..and don’t want to. I’ve had to pick out cactus spikes from people…never myself thank heaven. Great image L : ) Wen xox

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAover 6 years ago

    Thank you all! I’ve been showing off this little wonder (my immunity) for years and it never fails to freak people out who had bad cases in the past. Hehehe! But Karirose, in the EYE??? Me thinks you are blessed to still be seeing out of that eye! :-O

    Solareclips, I’m very happy you got the joke! This isn’t a macro tho. I used a Nikon D80 with the kit lens with the camera set on the highest resolution so it would be a nice clear shot once it was enlarged. I rarely use the cheapo “filter type” magnification glass I can attach but, when I do, you can see true macro – if not done very well. And honestly, I’ve done some 300MM shots of dragonflies that could pass for macro and couldn’t be further from the truth. I defy anyone to ID a great shot from a distance by a professional photographer fro a macro shot by the same person. With great gear and knowhow, they can’t be told apart from the visual results. But if you like mess posts like this, hunt down my “Gigantic Loch Cosumnes River Sea Horse-Monster” and you’ll have even more complete silliness. ;-)

    Wendy, I’m almost afraid to ask where you picked the needles from anatomically. This brings to mind those old rattlesnake bite stories about someone getting bit somewhere that the other person ain’t gonna suck the poison from while saying, “I’m sorry but you’re gonna die, bro”! And before Sauria reams me a new one, the old ‘treatment’ that cutting open and sucking the poison out of a snake bite has been long debunked. If you see anyone doing it, just scream “No!” and maybe they’ll listen to you before messing up BIGTIME.

  • ltruskett
    ltruskettover 6 years ago

    Hmmm, looks so innocent…………… pretty colours……..lolololol. Thanks for the lesson. :)

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