The stucco seemed to support his sticky feet well and he allowed me to come in quite close.
The grasshopper seems like a prehistoric creature with his armor and barbs. I contemplated him for awhile as he returned the favor.
Although he was huge for his species - about two inches tip to tip - my size dwarfed him and possibly made him nervous as I snapped photos only an inch or so from his face. When he began to move his legs, adjusting his position, probably preparing to leap, I backed off and left him alone. As I write these words, he is most likely devouring one of our plants.