Northern Cardinal, Tonto National Monument, AZ

Trying for photos of the wild flowers so abundant along the road where there was no place to stop, I asked the Big Guy to pull into the parking lot of Tonto National Monument, above Theodore Roosevelt Lake.

My search for grand vistas framed by flowers was unfruitful, but I did hear and see a male northern cardinal, who posed nicely.

Intensely red male northern cardinal on bare branch, against blue sky.