ARCHIVE 223 – SCORPION: 1
April 4, 2016 28 Comments
The famous sting, capable of causing intense pain or death, can just be seen, out of focus, as a curved, thorn-like structure at the very end of the tail.
I didn’t encounter many of these arachnids in Kenya, but they were not uncommon under stones in Oman. Prior to visiting Oman, I had to learn to both administer and receive intravenous serums for scorpion stings and snake bites. With a large needle probing for suitable veins – whether mine or someone else’s – I invariably passed out. I would regain consciousness lying flat out on the floor, looking up at a ring of people laughing down at me.
So the outcome was only too plain to see. Someone would get bitten or stung by one of these nasties, and up I would rush brandishing the huge needle – and then there would be two of us, out stone cold on the desert’s sand …..
OM-2 with 50mm Zuiko and TTL metered flash; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.