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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