String lily

Have you ever heard the expression:

“The rose isn’t beautiful because the rose is beautiful: the rose is beautiful for the time you spent with the rose?”

That’s from the “Little Prince,” but to be honest, I’m not sure the saying has anything to do with a “real” rose, let alone a whole field of them, as is the case with these string lilies (Crinum americanum) growing alongside Upper Wagon Wheel Road in Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve.

There were simply too many of them to spend much time with any single one:

I took the photo instead.

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