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Homemade Thanksgiving treats

Doug Santo and his family are gathering in Yosemite this year to celebrate Thanksgiving. His contribution to the feast? These homemade maple pecan ginger cream candies.

Santo took this photo at his home in Pasadena with a Nikon D700.

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Zombie garden gnome in Koreatown

Ricardo Herrera bought a zombie garden gnome recently and has been taking it along with him on outings. He intends to photograph it wherever he goes, he said.

Herrera took this photo near his home in Koreatown on Friday. He used a Nikon D5200.

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Cormorants dive into Lake Balboa

During a visit to Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley in early November, Nora Feddal spotted a group of cormorants lined up along the lake's edge. She snapped a photo just as they began diving into the water, one after the other.

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Plane spotting in Pico Rivera

Ruth LuSan was on her way to do some plane spotting in Santa Fe Springs in early October. A factory fire in the area kept her away, however, so she made do with a Norm's parking lot in neighboring Pico Rivera.

"This put me farther from the planes, and they were coming in higher due to the smoke, but together with the early rising moon, I was able to easily frame both the moon and the plane together," she said.

LuSan used a DMC-FZ35.

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Skim boarding at Seal Beach

Nothing says Southern California like skim boarding. Now a global sport, skim boarding has its roots in Laguna Beach, where lifeguards in the 1920s used to skim along the beaches on pieces of wood. 

Last month, photographer Patrick Walsh set out to explore the Southern California coast to observe natural reserves and wave riders from Orange County to Los Angeles. He spotted the skim boarder at the start of his trip in Seal Beach and quickly posted himself at the edge of the pier to catch the boarder at the crest of the wave.

"I like the perspective and it has strong California vibes," Walsh said. "You can see the path carved out by the board as the man glided in from land to catch the breaking wave."

Walsh made the image using a Samsung Galaxy S3 on Oct 12.

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It even looks like a smile

Jeanie Choe enjoys spending most of her weekends at the beach, soaking up the California sun and hanging out by the shore. Whenever a moment catches her eye, she snaps a photo with her phone -- a hobby she considers to be her "happy place."

One afternoon, as she was walking along the Santa Monica Pier, it was a sound -- not a sight -- that caught her interest. Alerted by the screams of roller coaster riders, she turned toward the ride and composed an image.

"I am not sure if people are screaming out their worries or happiness, but either way they always look so satisfied exiting the ride," she said.

Choe used a Samsung Galaxy S5 to make the image on June 8. 

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