Originally uploaded by heinemanfleck.

There are several different ways I ride my bike. One is all spandex and zooming fast, which I love. But the best way is to wander, making a series of random decisions that take me all over the place. Riding with friends Saturday on one of those rides, we ended up in a sort of random block-circling exercise in Albuquerque’s Country Club neighborhood, on account of we kept seeing lovely flowers in people’s yards we had to stop and look at.

One in particular deserved a second look, so Lissa and I drove over this evening. You don’t often see hibiscus in the desert. Water and all. No scale on the picture, but these things are big as dinner plates.