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"A Batman Moment," by Maureen Bond on Hollywood Boulevard

"The photo was taken at Tang's Donuts on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake back when the place would be filled with all kinds of people and the games would last all night long — literally. Some of these guys would play until the following day, go home and then come back that night to play again." — photographer Shawn Nee

Lights from a colorful sign glint off of a puddle in Little Tokyo in downtown LA. By Daniel Schaefer

"Spotted this guy on my ride home from work, just off Avenue 20 in Lincoln Heights. No idea how he got there, or why he was there. Or if he was responsible for the graffiti." -- Photographer Sahra Suleiman

"High tide on the full moon, combined with a large swell at sea, pushed water up past the bike path at Playa del Rey Wednesday morning. A cyclist headed south into the fog." -- Photographer Mark Pattulo

A moment of joy captured in a Hermosa Beach alley at sunset, by user "valespencer"

Two boys entertain themselves the old-fashioned way at a newsstand at Beverly Boulevard and Kings Road in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. By user "bobcov1"

The observatory at the Webb Schools in Claremont. By Scott Nichols (user "snichols")

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott W Nichols

"The exposure was about 12 seconds @ f/8, ISO200. Longer than that, the stairs get a bit blurry. Frankly I was surprised that they showed, I really only was aiming for a panoramic stitch of the cityscape, but lo and behold, the stars registered quite well on the sensor. This is with a 5DII and TS-E 24mm II but it could be taken with virtually any wide angle lens, @ f/2, as long as it has the fairly good low-light performance of the Canon 5DII. It is the best (digital) camera I have ever owned. And, in spite of budget cuts, Griffith Observatory and the related grounds at the park -- they are still open to the public most days, and always past sunset. It is one of my favorite places in Los Angeles, hands down." - Photographer Greg Keating (Flickr user "sirimiri")

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Photographer: Greg Keating (

"This is right off of the cliffs of La Jolla San Diego right when the sun was setting. I kept seeing them jumping then soaring off the cliffs and had to stop and take some photographs." -- Photographer Brett Sobel

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Best of Southern California Moments: January

The reflection of a neon sign on a rainy night. A quiet moment cycling  down a flooded bike path. Batman saying hello to two chained pit bulls in the bed of a pickup on Hollywood Boulevard. Through our site and our Flickr group, readers contributed more than a thousand photos chronicling the diversity, beauty and sometimes bizarreness of Southern California. While picking just one every day could be difficult, picking 10 to represent our favorites from the first month was even more daunting.

The images selected often represent the challenge of seeing a unique moment in the mundane, of keeping one’s eyes open and having a camera always at the ready. We look for images of the scenes and characters that make Southern California what it is.

In the next few weeks, we hope to begin introducing and holding discussions with some of the contributors. Thank you for all of your submissions so far, and for February, keep ’em coming.

Submit images to Southern California Moments here or through Flickr.


  1. February 3, 2011, 11:05 pm

    I love this image.i totally love it!

    By: pam
  2. February 7, 2011, 3:21 am

    Children in touch with the past….

    Sad and will probably be ART photo in a decade if not less… Cheers A

    By: allie666

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