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National Dog Day

When I chose to feature Foster Snell's image today, I didn't realize it would coincide with #NationalDogDay on Aug. 26, a day designated to celebrate canines and pet adoption.

But the editing stars aligned, I was thrown a bone, and so I decided to run with it.

Snell said that since moving to Huntington Beach a year ago, he's made a habit of wandering out to the beach with his camera.

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Point Dume silhouette

Jackeline Flamenco was in Malibu on her day off when she noticed a man making a music video at the beach. He stood atop a rock just as the sun began to descend. 

"Being at the right place at the right time can pay off," she said.

Flamenco used an iPhone 6 to make this photo on June 16 at Point Dume State Beach.


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A call for photographers to look beyond the Southland

Calling all Southern California Moments contributors:

Typically, our blog is dedicated to photo-worthy moments in the Southland, but with a little less than a month of summertime left, the SoCal Moments team wanted to share a special opportunity with our dedicated audience.

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Beautiful beast

Daniel Medel made this engaging connection with an orangutan at the San Diego Zoo recently. You can imagine the surprise Medel got when this beautiful beast sat down right in front of him, practically posing -- meeting eye to eye.

This photograph and moment reflect the soulful spirit of the animal. Medel was able to create a connection by being patient and finding the right spot.

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Feeding time at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center

Lou Orr photographed a black-chinned hummingbird feeding its chicks at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center in South El Monte.

Orr, a volunteer at the nature center, had been watching the nest for four weeks, checking in on the hummingbirds every few days.

Orr took this photo on June 29 with a Canon EOS-1D X.

Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California and California submitted by readers.

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Line of vision

Jaryl Campos says he stood outside Balboa Park's Botanical Building in San Diego last weekend in hopes that something or someone would catch his eye.

It wasn't long before a woman centered herself, unknowingly in Campos' line of vision, to take her own photo of the building and lily pad pond.

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