Shenandoah NP - John H Bowman Photos
Butterflies on Thistle - Naked Creek Overlook, SNP

Butterflies on Thistle - Naked Creek Overlook, SNP

Shenandoah National Park, Naked Creek overlook, Skyline Drive MP 53.2, elevation 3250 ft; several butterflies were on thistle blooms in mid-August, esp swallowtails, but also a monarch or so, & what I think was a fritillary; 70-200 at 200mm does pretty good job, but going to 280 with 1.4X extender is better

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