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Reader photos: Best of Southern California moments for February 2015

While most of the country was buried in snow in February, SoCal enjoyed clear skies and moderate temperatures, with some days even climbing into the 80s. Naturally, our readers spent this month at the beach. 

In our first photo of the set, Amparo Rios took a day trip to Ventura County and captured what she describes as a "typical Southern California winter" -- paddle boarders and surfers catching the winter waves. 

Farther south on the coast, in Santa Monica, Theresa Solis enjoyed a walk on the pier with her daughter. While there, she was set on finding the perfect spot to photograph a seashell as part of an Instagram project, eventually choosing a deep blue wall that contrasted with the shell's colors. Nearby in Venice, history buff John Boylan paid homage to The Doors by photographing a girl inspecting the lines of a poem by the band's lead vocalist, Jim Morrison.

Even farther south, off the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Wendy Miller captured a gray whale in the midst of an...

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Mountain High snow

Sometimes beach weather gets old.

During the holidays, John Luna and his family made for the nearby mountains, where fresh snow called. At the summit of the Mountain High Ski Resort, Luna snapped this photo looking south during an afternoon ski run.

"I liked that you can see the contrast of the recent white snow on the vegetation with the mountain range stretching into the distance," Luna said. "The sun flare in the photo coming from the south-western sky also added a SoCal feel, I thought."

Luna made the image with an iPhone 5.

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A tangle of tentacles

A giant metal octopus looms over the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier's Pacific Park.

At night, the octopus changes colors under different lights, making it a delight for photographers such as Eric Lassiter.

"Standing above the main entrance to the rides on the pier is this giant octopus, with its graceful giant tentacles," Lassiter said. "Come back at Christmas and the octopus sports a Christmas cap and beard."

Lassiter made the image with a Sony Nex-6.

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Between the sea and the sky

By Southern California standards, this weekend saw a huge downpour.

The generally crowded pier at King Harbor in Redondo Beach was left empty. But for Lenny Lloyd da Silva, the unusually dramatic weather and big cloud formations are just an invitation to go out and shoot photos.

Da Silva captured a moment of calm during a break in the storm. The reflection in the slick concrete blends together pier, ocean and sky, and the line of jellyfish etchings seem to swim out to sea.

"I wanted to catch the pier somewhat empty and with the reflections," Da Silva said. "It was close to sunset, the light was so moody and the ocean was so calm, where a few minutes ago, it was such a mess. Just a very cool scene."

Da Silva used a Nikon D3100 to make the image.

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The perfect jump shot

Last December, Tony Scott and a couple of friends were out and about in downtown Los Angeles, when they took a moment to pose by what Scott calls a “favorite and iconic street scene for photographers,” near Walt Disney Concert Hall.

“I wanted to capture the perfect jump shot while also capturing their shadows,” the photographer said. “This underground location coupled with the light shining through from the overpass makes for a great photo opportunity."

Scott took the image with his iPhone 6.

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The 'language of the eyes'

Last fall, photographer Nima Razfar was observing the endless stream of pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles when he spotted a woman in the crowd, holding a red umbrella on 5th Street.

With his Nikon D200 inconspicuously at his waist, Razfar positioned himself ahead of time in the hopes of capturing a shot of her walking through his frame.

“I pulled the camera to my eye and snapped away just as she glanced towards me and caught me peering at her through my lens,” he said. “She pulled the umbrella and covered her face for my next two shots."

Razfar says the woman never looked back but that for those few seconds they spoke to each other in what he calls the “universal language of the eyes.”

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