....the ponderings and wanderings of a Marble pastor's wife.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
the Mariposa Lily
search of the Mariposa Lily........Yes I have gotten a little crazy
about wildflowers here in the Rockies and more than a little ambitious
about locating some of the more "exotic" ones. Thus the hike up the
Carbonate Creek trail. It was on this trail that I would have my best
chance at seeing the Mariposa Lily. So once on the trail our little
hiking group, well at least three of us all of whom were ladies (I am
not sure about the two males with us), looked and looked for the lily
where it was suppose to grow. No Mariposa lily to be found.
But to our delight we did see Jon's goal.....the Mountain Goats. They
are difficult to see in the wild because they inhabit the very tops of
the mountains in the rocky terrain. I even bought Jon field glasses for
Christmas in hopes that he could see these elusive white goats. As we
ate our lunch in an alpine meadow surrounded by Elk Mountain and Mount
Daly we were rewarded by seeing a couple of adult mountain goats and
two little babies through the field glasses! Did I do good or what
buying those for Christmas?
But no Mariposa lily.........So a couple of days later Starbuck (my yellow lab) and I were hiking up
the Mike Lane road. Once we were above what I have named Hallelujah Point
(because the view is such that I always shout out Hallelujah when I get
there) along side of the road was ONE SINGLE MARIPOSA LILY! I started
screaming and jumping around scaring Starbuck and yelling to no one
because I was alone, It's the Mariposa Lily, it's the Mariposa Lily!
Now the interesting part is that this lily should not have been
growing in that particular terrain according to my wildflower book. But
there it was. I could not help but think that God gave me that special
moment to behold this flower. You cannot imagine the gratitude and
wonder that filled my heart upon seeing this flower!!!I know it may
sound silly but for me it truly was a "God moment"!
O that I
would have eyes that see! O that I would have a heart always open to
God's handiwork all around. O that I would see not only His handiwork in
nature but also His handiwork in the lives of the people I see
everyday. This is my prayer! And I pray this prayer, in part due to the