Mono Lake | 2012
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Our favorite summer vacation photos from readers in 2012

Mono Lake | 2012

The texture and lighting of this photo of highly alkaline Mono Lake by Jeremy Tripp of Bethesda, Md., create an otherworldly sense. The image’s many layers add to the enjoyment and mystery. Tripp used a Canon 7D to capture the shot.

 (Jeremey Tripp)
Bacoli, Italy | 2012

This picture, shot in Italy’s Naples province, has all the elements a photographer dreams of, including amazing light and composition. Adam Allegro of Agoura Hills took the photograph with a Nikon D800.

 (Adam Allegro)
Shan State, Myanmar
This lineup of the Kakku Pagodas set against the pearlescent sky can’t help but pique one’s curiosity. The photo also hints at the mysteries of the former Burma. Nikon D90 (Allen Gilbert, Los Angeles)
Athens | 2012

Move over, Acropolis. Here’s the real memory maker. The unexpected makes for photos you’ll remember. You’d hardly expect four orange guys in the middle of the Greek capital, would you? Dawn Rosenquist of Los Angeles took the image with a Nikon D90.

 (Dawn Rosenquist)
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Yikes. This isn’t recommended. Nonetheless, this is one of those photos that captures a time and place and state of being. The timing required for this shot makes it noteworthy as well. Sony NEX3 (Ludia Kochan, Los Angeles)
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Some of the best photos are ones that make you look twice. This one made us ponder the oddity, never mind the possibility, of a three-headed giraffe. Nikon D40X (Aubrey Weber, Hidden Hills)
Ross Barnett Reservoir, Miss.
This photograph feels like a painting. The long exposure creates a sense of serenity, even though the photographer noted that alligators lurk in these waters. Pentax K5 (Troy Dalmasso, Los Angeles)
Phinda Game Reserve, Hluhluwe, South Africa | 2012

The lighting is ideal, but the bonus is the cheetah’s “lipstick,” which gives this photograph, taken on a safari, an element of surprise. Debra Griffith of Mission Viejo took the shot with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS.

 (Debra Griffith)
Paris | 2012

Finding a fresh way to capture a familiar subject can be a challenge, but Brian Rothmuller of Irvine rose to the occasion. This shot of a portion of the iconic 984-foot Eiffel Tower also exemplifies wonderful use of available lighting. Rothmuller used a Nikon D7000.

 (Brian Rothmuller)
Temecula, Calif.
This was a gift that kept on giving. The photographer received a balloon ride as a birthday present, then captured this mesmerizing shot. The colors and lines in this well-composed photo lead your eye to the human figure, which gives it a sense of scale. Canon T3i (Gareth Richards, Jurupa Valley, Calif.)
Hippos, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Photo taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. (Fidel Mora, Upland)
Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, Ariz.
Photo taken with an iPhone. (Tina Lazaroff, Tarzana)
Birds near Kailua Bay, Hawaii
Java sparrows (gray), saffron finches (yellow) and a house sparrow (brown) at a bird feeder. Photo taken with a Nikon D80. (Meredith French, San Diego )
The Bund, Shanghai
Photo taken with a Nikon D80. (Anthony Galvan III, Goleta, Calif. )
Utah from a plane
Inner Harbour, Victoria, Canada
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 60D. (Matthew Urquhart, Victoria, Canada)
Humpback whale near Juneau, Alaska | 2012

Anna Rolbin of San Clemente captures a humpback whale breaching near Juneau, Alaska.

 (Anne Rolbin)
Horses near Amarbayasgalant monastery, Mongolia
Photo taken with a Casio EX-S200. (Bryan Matt McConnell, Chino Hills)
Great Barrier Reef, Australia | 2012

Felicia Tausig captured Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with an Olympus TG-320 underwater camera.

 (Felicia Tausig)
Denu, Ghana
Raven, Mesa Verde National Park, Colo.
Vatican Museums, Vatican City | 2012

Adam Allegro of Agoura Hills captured this image in the Vatican Museums in Vatican City.

 (Adam Allegro, Agoura Hills)
Banner Peak and Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Calif.
Photo taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230. (Jane Wike, Manhattan Beach)
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska | 2012

T.D. Hathcock of Flower Mound, Texas, captures an image of a bear at Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park.

 (T.D. Hathcock, Flower Mound, Texas )
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Silver Falls State Park, Ore.
Photo taken with a Nikon D90. (Larry Heyert, Hermosa Beach)
Sunset Cliffs, San Diego
Photo taken with a Pentax K-5 and 20-second exposure.  (Troy Dalmasso, Los Angeles)
Rocamadour, France
Portofino, Italy
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 7D. (Gerald J. Harper, Seal Beach)
Chandelier, Périgueux Cathedral, France
Photo taken with a Nikon D700. (Del Dickson, National City)
Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Paris
Morro Castle, Havana, Cuba
Photo taken with an LG Cosmos VN250 mobile phone. (Chris Northrup, Culver City)
Long House ruin at Wetherill Mesa, Mesa Verde National Park, Colo.
Positano, Italy
El Matador State Beach, Malibu
Photo taken with a Nikon D60. (Amber Lunsford, Sacramento)
Louvre Museum, Paris
Photo taken with a Nikon D5100. (Jess Walia, Los Angeles)
Tower Bridge, London
Photo taken with a Nikon D7000 during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Brian Rothmuller, Irvine)
Red-eyed tree frog, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Custer State Park, S.D. | 2012

This image of a buffalo was taken in South Dakota’s Custer State Park.

 (Ken Kealey and Larry Tyler)
Bespoke Exhibition Pavilion, Louvre Museum, Paris
Photo taken with a Nikon D7000.  (Larry Shore, Seal Beach)
Lake Powell, Ariz.
Photo taken with a Nikon D7000. (Connie Terry, Seal Beach)
Grizzly bear, Kenai River, Alaska
Glacier National Park, Mont.
Spruce trees, Yukon, Canada
Cheetah, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Johannesburg, South Africa
Old City of Jerusalem
Jackson, Wyo.
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 60D. (Farrah Stewart, Riverside)
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Maligne Lake Boathouse at Maligne Lake. (Henri Mondschein, Agoura Hills)
Horse ranch in Hana, Maui
Photo taken with a Nikon D90. (Skylar Aud, West Hollywood)
Goleta, Calif.
Ballyfin hotel, County Laois, Ireland
Photo taken with an iPad 3. (Francie Murphy, Del Mar)
Butterfly release, Estes Park, Colo.
Photo taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. ( Kim Sullivan, Rancho Palos Verdes)
Budapest, Hungary
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Château de Brancion, Burgundy, France
Photo taken with a Panasonic DMC-FX100. (Cynthia Chan, Cerritos)
Crater Lake, Ore.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Photo taken with a Nikon D90. (Susan Kasenow, Los Angeles)
Hanauma Bay, Oahu | 2012

Cheryl Junod of Santa Monica took this underwater image in Oahu’s Hanauma Bay.

 (Cheryl Junod)
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco
Cape Cod, Mass.
Photo taken with a Canon 5D Mark II. (Harry Zimmerman, Marina del Rey)
Humpback whale near Santa Cruz Island
Photo taken with a Canon PowerShot SX30-IS.  (Laurie Engelhardt, Hermosa Beach )
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
Ambergris Caye island, Belize
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Photo taken with an iPhone. (Bill Jones, Dana Point)
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Atlantic City
Odaiba Island, Tokyo | 2012

Michael Wong of Porter Ranch takes a photo of his sons David, 8, and Joseph, 4, on Odaiba Island, Tokyo, with a Canon EOS 60D.

 (Michael Wong)
The Deutschland cruise ship off Greenland
Photo taken with a Nikon D3100. (Martha Steinharter, Riverside)
Leopard, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Photo taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ150. (Judith A. Proffer, Encino)
Lilac-breasted roller, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Photo taken with a Nikon D5100. (Tony Zeng, Irvine)
Kalapana, Hawaii
Photo taken with an iPhone using the Hipstamatic app. (Marcia Luce, Los Angeles)
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Photo taken with a Canon Rebel T2i. (Danielle Edison, Costa Mesa)
Bowling Ball Beach, Mendocino County
Photo taken with a Nikon D90. (Ken Lee, Lake Balboa)