Amaryllis belladonna, the Naked Lady, how I love this lily. It blooms in the hot dry days of August. Rising up from the ground with complete surprise, no foliage involved just a tough stalk springing up giving birth to a beautiful pink flower. It almost seems as if the drier and harder the ground the more abundant the display. You will find them growing along chainlink fences, empty lots, industrial roads, and dusty barren fields. I love their persistence and ability to adapt. I think there is a lesson for me to learn from them. I am filled with gratitude for their beauty when I see them. And say a thank you for teaching me the lesson about how hard work pays off. The photos of this display I took along a dry narrow industrial road with semi trucks roaring by and smelly exhaust fumes. I was continually amazed that anything so beautiful could grow in such a ugly place. Another lesson in that one can rise above the circumstances and be a better and different person. There are so many lessons that nature can teach me I just have to have a open and willing heart.