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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Dianne de Guzman
Photographers, on the whole, are an inquisitive, exploring type of group. When left to their own devices -- namely, a camera and an endless amount of time -- most will wander around looking for hidden pockets of light or interesting alleyways, previously unknown to the photographer. All in search for something new and (hopefully) a great image. Susan Catherine Weber seems to be no different, taking this photo in Downtown Los Angeles. "While walking around the fashion district, I came across an alley that had very small shops and lots of people mulling about," wrote Weber in an email.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Dianne de Guzman
Any good wetsuit owner knows that if you want to keep up the life of your suit, you must throughly rinse after use and hang dry. While photos of drying wetsuits aren't necessarily what one might consider a work of art, there's something about this photo from Stef McDonald that sweetly evokes Southern California and beach culture, without showing much of either. "As a New York native, I'm still thrilled by the fact that the winters are sunny and warm and you can surf and wear flip-flops in February," wrote McDonald of her photo in an email.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Dianne de Guzman, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Although this photo goes beyond the borders of California, it definitely has a SoCal feel to it: while attending an Angels spring training game in Arizona, photographer (and Angels fan) Richelle Lavin was taking this picture of her daughter, Averie, when Angels player Mike Trout decided to photobomb the 3-year-old's photo. Lavin and her family were in Arizona to watch her brother's baseball tournament and the group went out to catch this Angels game as well. "Mr. Trout was greeting fans close by," wrote Lavin in an email, when Trout popped into the photo from behind.
TRAVEL
March 22, 2014
Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is the best place I've stayed in Central America. There are 15 exquisite bungalows set in a 4,000-acre jungle. We had the entire beach to ourselves, where we rode horses. The kids also toured the farm where they milked cows and took the eggs from the hen and made a wonderful breakfast (hands-on cooking, where they learned to make tortillas from scratch). We went on beautiful rain-forest hikes and dined at its wonderful restaurant - really had it all in one spot.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Capturing motion blur and light trails with long exposures is fun, but doing it in daylight, with no tripod, can be quite difficult. Nancy Dushkin wasn't allowed to use her tripod at the carousel in Griffith Park for fear that a child might trip on it, so she braced the camera against a fence and shot hand-held. The exposure was made at .6/second at f/18, on a Nikon D800 with a 17-35 f/2.8 lens. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
"I obviously don't do it for the money, I do it so I can play my guitar all day long," said "Rick," the man in this image by Skylar Aud, taken Sunday at Sunset Boulevard and North Orange Drive in Hollywood. According to Aud, Rick has been homeless for two years and plays on the streets of Hollywood for money.  Aud took the picture with his Samsung Galaxy phone and edited the image with Snapseed. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Brian McStotts' cat Sammie shows her owner how to relax while sunbathing on the couch . While she enjoys the sunshine, she's happiest when doing so from behind a window because, according to McStotts, the 16-year-old cat is "an inside cat and not real comfortable in the great outdoors. " Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Photographer Catherine Lacey Dodd writes in an email: "I grew up in the UK and rain [is] a part of everyday life, so when the drought came to an abrupt end in SoCal, I knew I not only needed to mark it in some way, but also to enjoy the experience and its sensory pleasures. My son donned his seldom worn rainboots and umbrella and we ran out into the neighborhood streets for this shoot, splashing in the puddles, capturing the motion of the water and sheltering under the umbrella.
TRAVEL
March 16, 2014
Nicaragua has long been a travel spot for those who love Central America, for the good reasons Rosemary McClure pointed out ["Revved and Ready," March 9]. But she should not have had to disparage Costa Rica in order to do it. That is really tacky, and an editor should have spotted it. To say that Costa Rica has no history is an outrage my Tico friends would gag on. Evidently she never visited the anthropology museum or the Gold Museum in San Jose. A shame. James J. Horn Cuernavaca, Mexico Keep stories in the rotation Crying foul from the letter writer [March 9]
TRAVEL
March 15, 2014
I used the Bags VIP delivery service to pick up my checked luggage at the airport on a recent trip to New York. Although the clerk at JetBlue said he knew nothing about how to affix the green Bags VIP sticker, his supervisor did. The scene in New York City is such that my bag arrived at my hotel before I did. I wish it picked up luggage at home and not just at airports, but the service is reasonable, friendly and efficient. One bag, $29.95; two bags, $39.95; three-eight bags, $49.95.
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