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A camper told how he was trapped inside his tent by millions of midges and had hopes of watching a beautiful sunset ruined by the pests.
Tim Parkin, 33, is spending two weeks photographing the north west Highlands, and has spent many summers camping in the scenic part of Scotland.
But he said the swarms of midges he saw this summer were like anything he had known.
Tim, from Bath, Somerset, said: "There was no way I was getting out of the tent on that particular evening.
"Despite a beautiful sunset any photos would have been absolutely ruined by the midges anyway.
"For some reason the midges seem to love my camera too."
Despite the bugs he was undeterred and will spend the next ten days camping, as part of his job as a mountain photographer.
Husband-to-be Tim, who will tie the knot in a month, added: "I've camped many times in the highlands in the summer but I have never seen midges quite like this.
"The conditions on this particular evening were a bit of a perfect storm.
"It had rained a couple of hours previous and it was warm, humid and totally windless, perfect conditions for midges.
"I suspect the wet conditions in the weeks previous probably produced the ideal conditions for the midges to hatch as well - numbers seem very high at the moment.
"Usually if you are 600m up you don't have problems.
"I'm covered in bites, even with repellent and a headnet they find the chinks in your armour.
"I'm quite lucky in that I don't react too badly to them so the itchiness goes away after an hour or so.
"Of course if you're in a tent and you can't keep them out then you can expect a few bites through the night as well."