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A macro image of an eye.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brent Goldman

Kyle Gritters rips through the course at the UCI CXLA Weekend-Cross After Dark Finale at Los Angeles State Historic Park.


Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra. The photo was made by using three bracketed exposures to create one HDR image.


As this hummingbird feeds on a flower, the flower's stamens cast an M-shaped shadow on its back.


A lens flare encircles a lifeguard station on Venice Beach. The image was made with a Diana F camera and cross-processed Fuji Astia 100 film.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Balluff

The Palmdale aqueduct at dusk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Mayerhofer

An ant explores a California wild rose at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden in Westwood. Goldman used a Nikon D7000 with a Tamron 90mm macro lens and Kenko extension tubes to make this photograph.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brent Goldman

Patterns are brightly visible in this close-up of a leaf hanging from a tree in the photographer's backyard.


A notepad lies before a Christmas tree, waiting for holiday wishes to be written down.


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We start this month’s photos off by getting closer — way closer — with Brent Goldman’s stunning macro image of an eye. From there, we go to Ti Peng’s photo of Kyle Gritters tearing through the muddy course at the “UCI CXLA Weekend-Cross After Dark Finale.” One wonders what his eye would look like if it were photographed at that moment.

This month’s images are more nature-focused and have more color than you might expect for December. Maybe that’s a virtue of Southern California’s temperate weather. One of my favorites is Red Lanzuela’s image of Mono Lake, in the Eastern Sierra. It’s such an otherworldly scene it’s amazing that it’s even in the same state.

Other standouts include Doug Santo’s clever image of a hummingbird with an M-shaped shadow on its back, and a very cool image of the Palmdale aqueduct by David Meyerhofer. Maureen Bond’s “Dear Santa” image closes out the month, and the year.

We thank you for a successful 2012, and look forward to making 2013 an even better year filled with more stellar photography. We want to see your photos! Please keep them coming  here or through our L.A. Times Community group on Flickr. Each day’s photo is posted on LA Now and on our Los Angeles Times Local News Facebook page.

Is there a photo you think we should have included in this month’s best? An outstanding image we left out? Sound off in the comments.

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