As I was coming up to a sharp curve along the steep canyon … I gasped and shouted “STOP!”. Speechless, I jumped out of the truck and stood there, unable at first, to take it all in.

The shimmering hillside, alive with orange fritillary butterflies …. newly hatched … partaking of a feast fit for royalty; the nectar of these soft purple bachelor buttons.

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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Sally Winter
    Sally Winterabout 4 years ago

    This is beautiful. Great capture and your timing was perfect.

  • Thank you, Sally! I had the advantage on them, as they seemed interested only in their flowery supper. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey
    ♥⊱ B. Randi Ba...about 4 years ago

    Wow! I hope you got a multitude of pix and will keep posting them!

  • Not as many as I would have liked … Thanks, Randi!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks, Lorilee!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergabout 4 years ago

    Lovely and what a sight to see!


  • Thank you, DebraLee!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholabout 4 years ago

  • Oh Wow! Thank you very much, Bradley!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantabout 4 years ago

    Outstanding Arla !! Instant fav :)

  • Thanks very much, Judy!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Elizabeth Bennefeld
    Elizabeth Benn...about 4 years ago

    that is just so . . . unexpected. Love it!

  • I sure was … Thanks very much, Liz!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful, beautiful capture!!

  • Thank you!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you, Kim!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • NinaF
    NinaFabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful colors in this! Those butterflies look like flowers!

  • They did, indeed. Thank you, Nina!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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