The 6th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Contest in California

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A dog wipes out at the 6th Annual Surf City surf dog contest in Huntington Beach, California September 28, 2014. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
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Thompson Avenue in Alameda, California, becomes “Christmas Lane” with Holiday Lights


A variety of creative Christmas light displays adorn the majority of homes on Thompson Avenue in Alameda, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. The short street is known as “Christmas Tree Lane” during the holidays, and the displays can be seen through New Year’s Eve. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) Continue reading »

Humpback Whale Close Encounter Off California Coast

Bill Bouton, a retired high school biology teacher, was on an unsuccessful outing to photograph birds in San Luis Obispo, California, when he happened upon a breathtaking sight beneath the skyline: a pod of humpback whales feeding in shallow water.

The 69-year-old captured one of the enormous mammals breaching the surface while feeding on a “bait ball,” a dense mass of sardines that forms to ward off predators. But the defense mechanism just seemed to be attracting more hungry creatures, Bouton said, as hundreds of pelicans and seagulls were diving in the water and flying up again. Continue reading »

Halloween Surfing in California

Surfers take to the water for Blackie’s Halloween Costume Surf Contest in Orange County, California. (Graham Whitby Boot/Allstar) Continue reading »

Southern California Enjoys Unseasonably Warm Temperatures

Two paddle boarders walk their bikes at Venice Beach, California on October 13 as a mini-heat wave hit southern California. Temperatures soared 20 degrees Fahrenheit over normal highs reaching into the nineties and hundreds in the region tying record temperatures. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Continue reading »