I got very excited a couple weekends ago as I drove along the coast of South Africa, near the township of Khayelitsha. There were calla lilies everywhere or ‘arum lilies’ as they are called here. I gasped, as an ignorant American girl who is obsessed with Mexican art, I aways assumed that these lilies were native to mexico, mostly because they were depicted in Diego Rivera’s most famous paintings of the impoverished working women selling them as a means of livelihood.
So, I picked them, not a ton but enough to fill my little vase at home. I was so enamored and absolutely excited at the sight of thousands of these beautiful lilies lining the gorgeous coast of white sand beaches, that I thought that picking one or two wouldn’t hurt anyone. I arrived at work Monday morning to find out through mass email, that these beautiful, precious lilies that I spent the day in awe and wonder with were actually home to little tiny frogs; and that by picking them I was ruining their habitat.
My magical day looking for humpback whales near seal island off the coast of South Africa where I found these treasures I admired for years in Mexican art, were not mine to have and maybe I was a bit presumptuous to think they should be. Click below if you are interested in the frogs and not being as ignorant as myself: