Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Today is the Summer solstice and people in other states will celebrate the beginning of their summer; but, for Tucsonans we will acknowledge another week of triple-digit heat.

As a photographer for a newspaper there's no escaping the high temps when there's an assignment to be photographed. This morning I spent a couple of hours with elders from the Tohono O'odham Nation and volunteers from Friends of Tucson's Birthplace at the Mission Garden located just west of downtown Tucson. The volunteers wanted guidance and advice on how to prepare the soil and what native crops to plant. The Mission Garden is a re-creation of the Spanish Colonial walled garden that was part of Tucson’s historic San Agustin Mission.

Most of the conversation took place in the shade. It's that time of year when people will find whatever shade they can to keep cool. After I took this photo I joined them.


Look for the story in the Home and Life section in July.