Western grebe at Bolsa Chica
Some kind of milkweed, abundant in Yosemite Valley meadows in summer.
Tarantula hawk, Santa Ana Mountains. Harding Truck Trail above Modjeska Canyon.
Cultivated Meyer lemon tree being eaten by a katydid.
Great egret at Bolsa Chica
Large green bush katydid on rose, Long Beach suburbs.
Based on location, it's most likely a Mexican bush katydid (Scudderia mexicana) or fork-tailed bush katydid
But S. mexicana has a shorter body, and this clearly has the elongated body proportions of S. furcata.
Just a note to self. The only wild porcupine I've seen to date was roadkill on a heavily wooded stretch of route 50 in the Eldorado National Forest on this day (time and place approximate), on my first visit to the area.
A shiny beetle eating milkweed in a meadow in Yosemite Valley.
Vaguely sparrow sized perching bird, Harding Truck Trail
Shore bird at Bluff Cove. It seems to match the description of a black turnstone's winter plumage.