Florida State players Demarcus Walke (44) and E.J. Levenberry (10) celebrate with fans after beating Auburn, 34-31, in the 2014 BCS Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles TimesLink
Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is pulled down by Auburn defensive back Jermaine Whitehead after making a 21-yard reception to set up a fourth-quarter touchdown in the BCS Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles TimesLink
Florida State students get fired up at a tailgate party before the BCS Championship game between FSU and Auburn at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The TimesLink
A gray whale breaches off the coast of Long Beach, much to the delight of whale watchers aboard the excursion boat Christopher, from which this image was captured. The number of gray whales spotted migrating south off the California coast in December was double what it was compared with the same period last year, raising questions about whether it reflects changing migration patterns or a population boom for the once endangered species. Dan Salas of Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach said the "ocean has just absolutely come alive" this season.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLink
Actor Tom Hanks, who stars in the film "Saving Mr. Banks," arrives at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles TimesLink
German tourists Thomas Labortas and Chantal Hill find a spot to relax while waiting at Los Angeles International Airport for their flight to Chicago, which was delayed by severe weather in the Midwest and East.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles TimesLink
Rock climber Mitch Murphy tests his skills on the jagged rocks at Little Corona Beach on a warm, sunny day in Newport Beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles TimesLink
Icicles form on street signals as firefighters battle a blaze that engulfed Happy's Pizza in Ann Arbor, Mich. Firefighters worked for several hours in temperatures that dipped to 15 degrees below zero. No injuries were reported.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Melanie Maxwell / Ann Arbor (Mich.) NewsLink
Ice coats rocks on the Brooklyn waterfront across from Lower Manhattan in New York, where Tuesday's high was expected to be 10 degrees.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Morgan / Associated PressLink
Smoke and ash spew from Mt. Sinabung near Karo, North Sumatra. Continued eruption of the volcano has forced the evacuation of more than 20,000 people, an official said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUTANTA ADITYA / AFPLink
A lamb is placed around the neck of Pope Francis as he visits a living nativity scene staged at the St. Alfonso Maria de' Liguori parish church on the outskirts of Rome. Jan. 6, Epiphany, is celebrated in observance of the visit of the three kings to baby Jesus.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Uncredited / L' Osservatore RomanoLink
A Macedonian Orthodox priest gives Communion to a baby during a Christmas liturgy at St. Clement's Orthodox Cathedral in Skopje, Macedonia. The Macedonian Orthodox church celebrates Christmas according to the Julian calendar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Grdanoski / Associated PressLink
Laura Martinez, center, prays at the burial of Father Eric Freed at St. Bernard's Cemetery in Eureka, Calif., on Monday. Gary Lee Bullock, 43, of Redway, Calif., has been arrested in the killing of Freed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nick Adams / (Snohomish, Wash.) Times-StandardLink
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Sophia Nahli Allison is a visual journalist and media arts educator. She has been teaching photography workshops to teenagers in Los Angeles.
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