Just got bit by this and I thought I'd share to help others.

I was just quickly writing out some pyplot commands to create two subplots to compare some results.  I did:

plt.subplots(1, 2, 1)
xlim = plt.xlim()
ylim = plt.ylim()

plt.subplots(1, 2, 2)
plt.title("Raw Image")

Did you see the error?  I did "subplots" instead of "subplot".  Since the third argument for plt.subplot is "sharex", a value of 1 or 2 appears perfectly valid to it. Meanwhile, the second call to plt.subplots() throws out my first subplot, and I also get the seemingly odd behavior of the first subplot having the correct x limits, but the default y limits (0, 1).  Of course, this makes sense once you figure out the issue, but it is an extra wrinkle that can be quite confusing.

I suspect this is a very easy mistake to make.  Should we perhaps test the value of sharex in subplots() and warn if it is anything but a python bool?  Just a thought.

Ben Root