This photo was taken on a hike with a friend. At first I just found it interesting that the thistle only has one ring of flowers, the upper and lower ones had already fallen out. Then, when I saw the butterfly, I knew I had to take a picture (it was more a must than a want. Slightly compulsive, however there are far worse compulsive behaviors). My friend then also had fun, as similar like on other hikes before, I stood on an ant nests (not a heap), so after the photo I hopped around a bit to shake the ants out of my sandals.