Sometimes in the fall I post a photo of the ocotillo (a very spidery cactus) in front of my house because its tiny green leaves really do turn colors and fall off, making a pile that Barbie and Ken could rake up and jump in. Although the Phoenix area did not break its record for all-time high temperature (122) we have broken records in 2020 for number of days above 110 or 115 and for drought. My area has had less than 3" of rain all year. So instead, I will share photos of a road to the mountain city of Payson showing the total destruction caused by one of our many wildfires (even the guardrails burned up) and the barrel cactus in front of my house that died. I will spare you the dead palm trees and drought-hardy, desert-heat-tolerant plants that are everywhere you look. You know it's a "2020 kind of summer" when even the cactus dies.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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