Viewfinder is Pacific Standard's daily photo feature, showcasing one image from the news.
A firefighter cuts brush at the Thomas Fire on December 7th, 2017, near Fillmore, California.
A surfer rides a wave at the famous Mavericks surf break on December 17th, 2018, in Half Moon Bay, California. A giant swell brought waves of up to 50 feet high to Northern California.
An employee at the job center in the city of Rostock, Germany, inspects candidates for a position at the center's Santa Claus agency on December 11th, 2018.