Butterfly on Thistle, Parham P Baker Photography
Butterfly enjoying the sun on a bright purple thistle

Another day, another “gettin’ lost” photo trek!

Terry and I were wandering around Franklin County Backroads near the Elkhorn Creek and happened upon a fish hatchery.   We got out of the car and wandered around a bit, watching the geese and herons who littered the large pond areas.  Every waters edge we walked frogs jumped into the water with a croak and splash.  We had heard that there were often river otters pillaging the ponds, but didn’t get to see any this day.  It was a very bright day, and shooting anything was a bit difficult as the sun was making everything over the top.  But still, you always look for something different to try.

As we were walking back to the car, I stopped at the weedy area near the edge of the hatchery.  I saw this butterfly flitting from thistle to bright thistle.  I looked fairly foolish trying to chase him along the weeds, but finally he stopped long enough for me to catch a few frames of him basking in the sunlight on a deep purple thistle.

The shot made the stop so worthwhile, and at least one fun image from the day.

Sometimes, ya gotta get in the weeds.


As a photographer and a hiker, I love making images of the natural world. I'm also and avid scuba diver and wannabe chef.

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