The Cowpatch

Rumen-ations from the Southwest

Favorite iPhone Photos of 2015


These are my iPhone souvenirs from 2015, all but one taken within walking distance.  The only outlier is the photo of the torch cactus at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, a short drive away.

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Prickly pear fruit at the end of August.


Torch cactus at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum on May 26. Notice the visitor with the outfit color-coordinated with the cacti.


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A Giant Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on the neighbor’s potted lemon tree. Their resemblance to bird doo is a defense mechanism.

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A baby Giant Swallowtail caterpillar. When it is disturbed it displays fleshy bright orange antennae.


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Aphis nerii (yellow aphids) on fringed twinevine, a member of the milkweed family. September 17.


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Queen Butterfly on fringed twine vine. The dark androconial scent patches on its hind wings indicate that it is a male.

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During the summer rains, mushrooms pop up in the desert. I’m not sure what kind this is — might be a Chlorophyllum.


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A barrel cactus about to blossom during the summer monsoon season.



Sunset on July 22, at the height of the monsoon season.


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August 31. Monsoon season is nearly over.


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The monsoon is over, and the fall rains have begun to fall in the desert. Sunset on October 19.







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