Not only is my neighbor's sunflower patch a feast for the eyes, it's also a feast for the birds and small animals who enjoy seeds. Seeing these sunflowers reminds me that there are definitely some benefits to this intense heat - sunflowers just keep growing!
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: