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Favorite iPhone Photos of 2015

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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.

 

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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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