A group of raccoons startled kept a careful eye on me as they crossed the path.
Young Raccoon Pauses
This raccoon was following the group crossing the path when it suddenly noticed my shutter noise and froze. It stared at me in exactly this pose for about ten seconds before scampering off.
The softness of the background and the flower have, at the same time, a contrast with the sharpness of the bee and a similarity with the fuzziness of its fur (technically: setae).
An Andrena Mining Bee drinks deeply from a flower that seems to cup its face perfectly, antennae falling directly between flower lobes.
A Crab Spider lays in wait, the spray from a nearby waterfall collecting all around.
Hiding Under Kelp
A Red Crab waits for the tide to come in under some kelp, out of sight of birds.
A lone Red Crab struggles towards the water, far away from its brethren left behind when they were washed ashore en masse.
A springtime Monarch caught feeding against a busy background that emphasizes the color differences.
Holding on Tight
A Great Golden Digger Wasp grips a flower tightly as it navigates a gap between flower clusters.
The soft yellows and greens combined with the crisp detail in the bee pulled this image together nicely.
This Spur-throated Grasshopper flew right in front of my face, and appeared to think I didn't notice where it landed.
Western Fence Lizard
A Western Fence Lizard eyes my camera warily, hoping I am not coming any closer. The blue and green coloring on the underside is just visible in this pose.
A Western Fence Lizard hangs on to a vertical branch, hoping I don't walk any closer.
This Western Fence Lizard was showing off its colors... must be spring!
Framed in Green
A Western Fence Lizard pauses at the sound of my shutter going off, wondering if it should keep scurrying away or if it should just stay still and hope I go away.
You Lookin' at Me?
A Western Fence Lizard is unimpressed with my shooting angle.
The Southern Alligator Lizard is quite long to begin with, and the angle of the photo accentuates it further.
A male Variegated Meadowhawk dragonfly in a spot of dead grass found in the Coastal Peak Park.
Scratchin' an Itch
A Desert Cottontail scratches on the side of the path, not caring about the slow moving photographer in the distance.