Butterflies of Kaeng Krachan

Kaeng Krachan National Park is close to Cha Am, and it’s the largest national park in Thailand (covering an area of nearly 3,000 sq. km!), so I just knew that I had to check it out. Reaching the national park headquarters was easy, the roads were big and in good condition. After buying the entrance tickets and renting a tent, there was still a 35km drive deeper into the park to reach the Ban Krang Camp. The first 30km were easy, the road was in good condition. You only had to watch out for huge piles of elephant dung and branches. The last 5km were nearly impossible with the small car I was driving as the “road” was full of huge holes and some of the upward slopes were steep. It felt like the last 5km took forever, but I was able to reach the camp without any damage to the car. With a big 4-WD pickup the drive would have been a piece of cake. I took these 2 photographs at a small stream close to the camp. It was literally swarming with bees and countless different species of butterflies. It was amazing to see such a wide variety of butterflies all in one place. The butterflies and the bees didn’t seem to mind my presence and pretty much ignored me. The park rangers said that some of the wild elephants in this park like to come to this spot to pee, that’s why the bees and butterflies like this spot so much.

Original size: 2592 x 3872
f/4 | 1/320 sec | ISO 100

Original size: 2592 x 3872
f/4 | 1/250 sec | ISO 100

Date taken: 23.5.2012 | Location: Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand

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About j.t.l.

I’m a creative minded finnish fellow who is passionate about photography, making music, and traveling among many other things.

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