Yes, that is my boot and, yes, those little brown specks are ticks.
Now, multiply what you see by about 7 times and you will have an idea of the number of these precious little critters I came in contact with today in a remarkably short period of time.
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Shall we all have a collective shudder?
Larval stage of the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, a.k.a. seed ticks.
(Relax, I got them off before they even thought about attaching. Vigilance pays.)