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Your photos from around the Southland and beyond
A stitch in time saves nine ... lives?

Christopher Stoltz photographed a cat waiting by some sewing machines at a shop near the corner of South Main and West 8th streets in downtown Los Angeles. A cat casually lounging at a sewing shop made for a bizarre scene, he said. 

Stoltz took this photo on Jan. 9 using a Leica M7.

Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California and California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or tag your photos with #socalmoments or #californiamoments on Instagram and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.

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Sunrise at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve

Josh Patterson went to the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in the San Fernando Valley on Monday. North of the Burbank Boulevard overpass, he saw the sun reflected on the Los Angeles River and the mist rising. He hopped to the center of the river and shot this photo.

"What struck me was how you can stumble across these pockets of natural beauty in the heart of Los Angeles," he said. "Totally unexpected and more magical for that."

Patterson took this photo at sunrise with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California and California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or tag your photos with #socalmoments or #californiamoments on Instagram and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.

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Light trails on the 405

Justin Woolley photographed the evening traffic on the 405 Freeway from an overpass on Palms Boulevard in Mar Vista. He took the photo on Jan. 5 using a Canon EOS 60D. 

Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California and California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or tag your photos with #socalmoments or #californiamoments on Instagram and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.

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No pants? No problem.

Karl Sandin photographed participants of the Los Angeles No Pants Subway Ride at a Starbucks in Union Station on Jan. 11.

"I found it interesting that many of the participants were getting coffee and hanging out at Starbucks in Union Station," he said.

The annual event, where participants ride the subway in their underwear, was started by an improv group in New York City in 2002. The event now takes place in dozens of cities around the world.

Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California and California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or tag your photos with #socalmoments or #californiamoments on Instagram and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.

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Cormorants on a collision course

Chris Orr and her husband, Lou, were at Legg Lake in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on Thursday watching the cormorants build their nests. Amidst the activity, two double-crested cormorants nearly collided, Orr said.

"While I was following an incoming cormorant and trying to focus on it, I saw another bird approaching the same area and thought, 'Oh, no, they're going to crash!' " she said.

Orr used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California and California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or tag your photos with #socalmoments or #californiamoments on Instagram and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.

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Photographer Fred Hoerr takes inspiration from his own backyard

Reader Fred Hoerr caught our eye with his moving portraits and compelling landscape shots of downtown Los Angeles. He loves color, which he says brings life to his photos in a way that black and white cannot. As a full-time motion graphics animator and artist, he had initially used photography only as source material for his animations and paintings. But two years ago, he began to make photos for the sake of photography, starting with landscape shots of the L.A. River near his home. As he came to know the people living along the river, he realized the need for a bigger project -- now called "Riversystem" -- that documents life along the river. With this project, he aims to give the world a glimpse of his backyard. 

What is "Riversystem"?
"Riversystem" is an ongoing project and combines landscapes, portraits and detail from a segment of the Los Angeles River, along with people living in and around its structures and the bordering Union Pacific rail lines. Having lived nearby for years,...

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