After a walk with my daughters this morning, I had no choice but to run back to get my camera and macro lens. The barrel cactus flowers right now are stunning---and the red bird-of-paradise and lantana blooms are at prime, too---as I hope the photos below (and in my site's Gallery) attest to:
Simmons B. Buntin is the author of Bloom and Riverfall, collections of poems published by Ireland's Salmon Publishing in 2010 and 2005, respectively.
He is a tall drink of water who edits Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments. He also works at the University of Arizona as a web program manager, and follows New Urbanism and sustainable development. He is in love with his wife and two daughters, as well as the Sonoran desert and what's left of the undeveloped lands of central Florida.