I’ve never seen a mariposa lily growing uphill from a stone. Uphill from a sagebrush, yes, but not a stone.
They need well-drained soil, which means they grow best where water, snow and wind have laid fine soil down as it drifts around. In other words, each lily is a tide pool, or a grain of gold, laid down in the dry, dry grass. Let’s look closer.
Ah, gold it is. So, remember. If you want lilies, plant a stone or a sagebrush, and wait.
The miners will come. Sure, you won’t be first, but …
… that’s ok, isn’t it?