April 2015: Best of Southern California Moments

In April, readers were drawn out to explore the world around them. Luckily for us, they brought a camera with them to share their journeys.

Here are some standout Southern California Moments from April:

Our photo set actually begins in Northern California with a shot from Dan Tom. On a solo walk, Tom found a calm scene overlooking the Point Reyes Lighthouse in Marin County.

In Griffith Park, Johanna Siegmann photographed the columns of light marking the Los Angeles Marathon. Siegmann had to find just the right spot near the observatory to capture the beams. "Together with the cluster of beams, the moonlit dirt road and the giant silhouette of the tree, I knew this was the shot," she said.

Michael Wong made a surreal self-portrait during a hike on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He used a rusted piece of metal that had washed ashore to frame himself. He created a story to go with the photo "about a person who is going through a rough patch in life and is at the cusp of a new adventure," he said.

Tyson Kindstrom spotted an urban explorer scaling a Downtown Los Angeles fire escape. "It's not just a street scene," he said. "There's a little bit of an abstract feel to it if you look at it from a geometric perspective."

Josh Rose, in his quest to capture the "archetypes" of Los Angeles, observed a lone surfer perform the ritual of his sport. For Rose, nothing could say "quintessential" L.A. more than that.

Feel there's a photo we left out, or one that doesn't belong in the set? Let us know in the comments. And, as always, thanks for sharing.

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.