Scared of Summer

WILDFIRES IN THE AMERICAN WEST The above photo is an image of a burned cholla cactus. I took this photo after the Sears fire ripped through its habitat in September 2020. The Sears Fire burned through nearly 14,500 acres (22.65 sq miles) over the course of a week. It’s hard for me to conceptualize whatContinue reading “Scared of Summer”

Cool Cacti

The world is heating up, so now is a good time to become familiar with the wonderful world of cacti! Living in the American Southwest has made me appreciate the tenacity of these amazing plants and has led me to learn more about them. I amassed a small online collection of favorite specimens that IContinue reading “Cool Cacti”

Water, Or The Lack Thereof

Above is a photo that I took of Hoover Dam in January 2020. The water level was precariously low then, and it’s even lower now. About 25 million people depend on the water provided by America’s largest reservoir, but a prolonged drought is slowly sucking the life out of a sustainable future. Living in theContinue reading “Water, Or The Lack Thereof”

Reality Check

That pictured above is, or I should say, was, a saguaro. Everywhere I look, the saguaros are dying. A healthy saguaro is supposed to look like this: An unhealthy saguaro looks like this: Both photos were taken around Phoenix, Arizona. The healthy cactus image was captured in 2016. The unhealthy one was pictured last year.Continue reading “Reality Check”