A Mother Nature Story
Nate trudged through the rain forest, finding himself increasingly irritated by the shrill of a very loud bird. He tugged his backpack higher up on his shoulders and scrambled up a steep hill. Pushing past vines and trees, he sought the prized, endangered orchids that grew only in this area of the world. They fetched a large price on the black market, and the proceeds of just one prime specimen could provide several months' salary.
A faded sign came into view, which read, "Do NOT remove plants, fine $100,000 and possible jail time".
Nate snorted, "Go to hell, sign," and continued on his way.
When he reached the summit of the hill, he had to inhale at the striking sight that met his eyes. Many of the orchids were in bloom, making this well-hidden spot seem like a virtual Garden of Eden. Pinks and reds, oranges and yellows cascaded down the trees and intertwined with vines. If the camera on his phone were working, h