Thank you, Mitch, for choosing my photograph of the Bean in Chicago as the banner picture. I'm really honored.
"Red" is a great and challenging theme. My husband and I were talking about why red might be so rare especially in the temperate climes. Florida has red all over the place but, except for cardinals, we rarely see true red up north in nature, as you said, at least not in birds or flowers.
One of our Michigan landmarks is this lighthouse known as "Big Red".
At Roma Bakery in Lansing, one can find pastries with red grapes, cherries and strawberries.
This, of course, is Florida. I have no idea what the flower is named, but bees like it.