Reader’s Lens | A lavender farm before it blooms

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On a recent trip to the B and B Lavender Farm in Sequim, Seattle Times reader Jane C Monserud captured neatly patterned rows of purple and green.

Photographer: Jane C Monserud

Photo taken: Taken on July 12, 2018 in Sequim

Photographer’s description: “I had never been to a lavender farm before … when driving by Sequim I saw a sign to one. This photo was taken at the B and B Lavender Farm. I was a little disappointed that the lavender really wasn’t in bloom yet. But the patterns and shapes of the bulging lavender plants make very interesting patterns.”

Critique: “Even though the lavender wasn’t in bloom yet, the rows of the plants that create a vanishing point help make this a visually interesting photo. The diverse patterns complimented by the green and purples really give you a lot to look at in this photo.”

Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at seattletimes.com/submit-photos. Our favorite will appear in this spot next week. We judge the year’s best and award prizes in December.

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1 of 40 Photographer: Ed Knight Photo taken: Sept. 25, 2018 at Mount Shuksan in the North Cascades Photographer’s description: “Mount Shuksan, North Cascades, in fall glory. Admittedly one of the most photographed scenes anywhere … that day everything came together just right — the weather, sky, early snow on the peak, fall colors and calm lake. Taken with a Nikon D5000 and a 18-55mm lens set at 42mm.”
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2 of 40 Photographer: JJ Johnson Photo taken: Sept. 29, 2018 at Cattle Point on San Juan Island Photographer’s description: “Taken on San Juan Island in Washington. My wife and I hiked out to Cattle Point to look off into the distance. Lopez Island, where we were staying, is just behind the point with the Cascades just visible in the distance.”
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3 of 40 Photographer: Penny Chamorro Photo taken: Sept. 14, 2018 in Tacoma Photographer’s description: “My grandson Valen Chamorro in my garden checking if the pumpkins I was growing for him and his sister Lyra were ready to harvest. I used a Samsung Galaxy S9+.”
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4 of 40 Photographer: Homer Aalfs Photo taken: Sept. 10, 2018 at Carkeek Park Photographer’s description: “A great blue heron looks inquisitively at me along the shore of Puget Sound. Needless to say, the heron won the staring contest. It was a lovely, quiet morning. I had the entire beach to [myself], except for one other person who was doing yoga! Taken with a Canon 80D, 400mm f/5.6L.”
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5 of 40 Photographer: Claudia Cooper Photo taken: Aug. 31, 2018 in Auburn Photographer’s description: “Photography teaches me to look for details — like this Pacific tree frog at about eye level on a flower petal. I used a tripod and Canon 5D Mark III with 100mm macro lens to capture this moment.”
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6 of 40 Photographer: Paul Winterstein Photo taken: Aug. 28, 2018 on Lake Ozette in Olympic National Park Photographer’s description: “Seeking clean air, clear weather and a wilderness experience on the water, we escaped to Lake Ozette near the Olympic Coast. Photo taken with an iPhone 5s on the western shore near the mouth of Ericson’s Bay. The nearshore shallows offered easy travels and a mix of aquatic plant life unfamiliar to us.”
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7 of 40 Photographer: Mark Wangerin Photo taken: Aug. 20, 2018 at Constellation Park in West Seattle Photographer’s description: “Pupping season has begun! The youngster in this photo had been nursing atop a submerged rock, when mom was disturbed by another approaching Harbor Seal. She rearranged herself and popped up. Smoky and dead-calm conditions help set the feel. Taken with Nikon D 7100 and Tamron 150-600mm lens. “
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8 of 40 Photographer: Victor Tom Photo taken: Aug. 19, 2018 at Redmond Town Center Photographer’s description: “At the second annual Pacific NW Chalk Fest, they had a section for kids and adults to color to their hearts’ desire. The result was this beautiful drawing, looking similar to a stained glass mosaic. Taken with a Fuji X-T20 and Fujinon 10-24mm lens.”
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9 of 40 Photographer: Yoshiki Nakamura Photo taken: Aug. 2, 2018 at Reflection Lake, Mount Rainier Photographer’s description: “Viewing and taking photos full of stars is always exciting and inspiring. Although it was a cloudy early afternoon in Seattle, the forecast indicated it would be clear by night in Mount Rainier. The moon (70 percent) would rise at 11:11 p.m. and there would be good lighting when it rose. After ending time-lapse shooting near Paradise, we noticed there was almost zero wind, which could create a beautiful reflection on Reflection Lake. We rushed to the lake, and sure enough, there was a near-perfect reflection which I’d never seen before. The low-angle moon provided colors in the scene. I was so lucky to be able to capture this image. 24mm, ISO2000, 15sec at f/2.8.”
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10 of 40 Photographer: Tim Nicol Photo taken: Taken on July 11, 2018 in Republic Photographer’s description: “A female rufous hummingbird hovers over a blanket flower in my hummingbird garden in Republic, Washington. Taken with a Nikon D850 and a Tamron 150-600mm lens.”
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11 of 40 Photographer: Blaine Amidon Photo taken: Taken on July 29, 2018 in Edmonds Photographer’s description: “I was in our backyard looking at our first water lily flower of the year and found a nice surprise. I saw the sunlight was moving through the trees over the pond. So, I waited until the frog was in the sunlight and the rest of the pond was dark and was able to get this shot. Taken with a Nikon D750 and a 70-300mm lens.”
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12 of 40 Photographer: Samantha Shipp Photo taken: July 15 at Mount St. Helens Volcanic National Monument Photographer’s description: “On our way back to Seattle, my boyfriend and I were stopping at famous mountains between Oregon and Seattle to hike and photograph. We drove to St. Helens from Mount Hood in the evening, not really making the best time as we’d hoped. It all turned out to be serendipity because I was able to capture a low-light sunset photo of the mountain with my Nikon D3300.” Critique: “The colors, paired with the great amount of detail on the mountain in the sunset, really help highlight the main subject of the photo. While the background is clean, the foreground, with the colorful flowers, is a little distracting from the beautiful subject of the photo.”
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13 of 40 Photographer: Michael Levy Photo taken: Taken on July 8, 2018 at Picnic Point Photographer’s description: “Glorious sunset at Picnic Point, north of Seattle. With some interesting early evening cloud formations in the sky, a friend suggested we drive to Picnic Point in hopes of a colorful sunset. We were not disappointed. Taken with a Panasonic Lumix G6 with Panasonic 45-150mm lens @45mm, 1/25 second, ISO 160.”
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14 of 40 Photographer: Jim Reitz Photo taken: Taken June 26, 2018 in the Queen Anne neighborhood Photographer’s description: “The Space Needle scores a bull’s-eye, skewering the rising (nearly) full moon. This was a shot I’ve planned for a while, and fortunately there were clear skies on Tuesday night. For moonrise shots, I prefer the night before the official 100 percent full moon — the earlier moonrise time balances the light between the moon and the foreground landscape. This allowed me to capture the scene in a single raw exposure, rather than use HDR or compositing. Canon 7D Mark II camera, Tamron 150-600mm lens zoomed to 309 mm, 1/125 sec. at f/13, ISO 400. Contrast and sharpening adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.”
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15 of 40 Photographer: Marjolein Verweij Photo taken: Taken on June 10, 2018 at the Columbia Tower Photographer’s description: “Lightning above the Seattle skyline, view from the Columbia Tower. Went there for sightseeing with a friend and was lucky to witness this beautiful nature phenomenon. I used a Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 to capture this moment.”
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16 of 40 Photographer: Gurpreet Sachdev Photo taken: Taken on June 2, 2018 at Lake Sammamish State Park Photographer’s description: “Our three-year-old golden retriever cooling off in Lake Sammamish on a hot Saturday. Photo taken with Samsung Note 8.”
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17 of 40 Photographer: Christopher Picard Photo taken: Taken on May 30, 2018 from Steptoe Butte in the Palouse Photographer’s description: “Taken in the Palouse from Steptoe Butte in the early evening. I was looking for interesting patterns and shadows. The sun was intermittently covered by clouds so the landscape was constantly changing. I used a Nikon D810 with a 24 x 120 MM f/4 lens.”
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18 of 40 Photographer: Kate MacArthur Photo taken: May 11, 2018 at Mutiny Bay on Whidbey Island Photographer’s description: “I captured this photo with my Canon EOS Rebel T5, while walking along the beach of Mutiny Bay at sunset. As I walked, I spotted a blue heron flying majestically out of the water further along the beach, giving me the perfect opportunity for a silhouette shot.”
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19 of 40 Photographer: Locke Macomber Photo taken: Taken on April 29, 2018 at Hood Canal Photographer’s description: “My wife and daughter exploring the low tide sun during a brief break in the storms. Amazingly calm morning along Hood Canal.”
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20 of 40 Photographer: Gloria Z. Nagler Photo taken: April 27, 2018 in Nagler’s backyard in Lake Forest Park Photographer’s description: “Prelaunch of Anna’s Hummingbird: the hummers often exhibit this flamboyant behavior right before takeoff. This one was perched three feet from a feeder in our backyard. Used my Canon 5D Mark IV, 400 mm lens.”
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21 of 40 Photographer: Claudia Cooper Photo taken: Taken on May 8, 2018 in Covington Photographer’s description: “I love photographing flowers with my macro lens, and rhododendrons are no exception — especially after a rain! I used a tripod, Canon 5D Mark III, and 100 mm macro lens to capture this image.”
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22 of 40 Photographer: Griffin Brugger Photo taken: April 30, 2018 at Lake Crescent Photographer’s description: “I was adventuring with my good friend, saw the amazing lighting and used my Canon 7D Mark 1.”
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23 of 40 Photographer: JJ Johnson Photo taken: March 24, 2018, on Alki Beach Photographer’s description: “Took this with my Fuji X-T10. We were having a typical spring day with storm clouds and sun. Drove out to Alki to see if we could capture some good light and got this on the beach.”
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24 of 40 Photographer: Linda Enkema Photo taken: April 19, 2018, in Bellevue Photographer’s description: “Heavy fog slowly lifted this morning, revealing the western view bit by bit but remaining dense over Lake Washington. With my Canon 7D and a 100-400 lens, I was able to capture a few evergreens puncturing the dense haze in the foreground with Seattle emerging in the distance.”
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25 of 40 Photographer: Scott Henricksen, of Shoreline Photo taken: April 8, 2018, on Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct Photographer’s description: “My wife and I rode the Emerald City Bike Ride, with a last opportunity to see the sights from the Alaskan Way Viaduct at bike speed. It was cold, windy and wet, but thousands of riders were having a great time, including this guy. Shot with Olympus OMD M-5 Mark II and 12-40mm lens.”
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26 of 40 Photographer: Carole Patterson, of Silverdale Photo taken: March 29, near Mount Vernon Photographer’s description: “Driving through the Skagit Valley tulip/daffodil fields when my little dog Elle Jo decided she wanted to see what we were oooing and ahhing about.” Critique: “What a fun moment on what looks like a muddy day visiting the daffodil fields in Skagit County. A moment like this has to be captured quickly, which can explain the tilted horizon, which I’d try straightening out to make the image flow even better.”
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27 of 40 Photographer: Jack Stephens, of Edmonds Photo taken: March 9, 2018, at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, British Columbia Photographer’s description: “For those who love birds, a trip to the Reifel sanctuary near Ladner, B.C., is a must. Among the great variety of birds found there, the wood ducks are probably the flashiest; they are numerous and very tame. This was shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera with the Olympus 300mm f 4.0 lens, hand held at 1/5000 of a second, f 4.0, at ISO 1600.”
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28 of 40 Photographer: Yoshiki Nakamura, of Seattle Photo taken: March 23, 2018, in Seattle’s Maple Leaf district Photographer’s description: “Sometimes, spring weather surprises us. It was one such day when I saw outside and found it was snowing where (tree blossoms) were fully bloomed. I grabbed my camera and went out to capture the scene. To capture the snow well, the shallow depth of field, high shutter speed and telephoto are selected. I tried to find the spot where its background is dark, yet the main subject (blossoms) can be in focus. 400-mm, ISO 2500 1/1000 sec at f5.6.”
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29 of 40 Photographer: Jola Charlton Photo taken: March 11, 2018, at Republic, Ferry County Photographer’s description: “A squirrel has been hanging around the house all winter long. He was happy to find the sunflower seeds placed in the flower. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 100-400 mm lens.”
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30 of 40 Photographer: Elston Hill, of Burien Photo taken: March 11, Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Photographer’s description: “Taken a little before sunrise, of Canada geese flying in for their morning gathering. Used Canon 7D Mark II and 600mm lens.”
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31 of 40 Photographer: Kevin Cass, of Maple Valley Photo taken: Feb. 22 on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Photographer’s description: “This is a self-portrait of me fly-fishing on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie. I shot this with a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 20mm 2.8 lens using a 10-stop ND filter, f14 and a 48 second exposure. I had to be really still standing in the cold rushing river for 48 seconds to get a sharp photo of me.” Taken using a remote shutter release and a tripod set up on the riverbank.
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32 of 40 Photographer: Dan Evans, Jr., Seattle Photo taken: Feb. 22, from Newcastle Golf Club, looking west Photographer’s description: “Other than the bitter cold that rendered my fingers useless, this shot could have been taken in August, the sunset was so colorful. Nikon D750 with Nikkor 80-400mm zoom at 300mm, F8 and 1.6-second exposure.”
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33 of 40 Photographer: Christopher Picard, Seattle Photo taken: Feb. 17, Seattle Photographer’s description: “A few of the old churches in the city have truly fabulous interiors. This image was taken inside the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the Ravenna area. I used a Nikon D810 with a Tamron 15 X 30mm lens. (1/100 second, f/3.5, ISO 400).”
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34 of 40 Photographer: Kelsey Nagel, Bothell Photo taken: Dec. 23, Skagit Valley Photographer’s description: “En route to La Conner I pulled over on the side of the road in Skagit Valley to snap this picture. The afternoon sun was hitting the field of snow geese and scenery just right. The picture is great but seeing it in person was absolutely stunning.”
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35 of 40 Photographer: Gloria Z. Nagler, Lake Forest Park Photo taken: Feb. 2, Matthews Beach Park, Seattle Photographer’s description: “Showing her colors! I sat in the park next to a temporary (rain-filled) pond and watched the ducks. Eventually, this mallard stretched and displayed her almost unreal purplish stripe. Used my Canon 5D Mark IV, 400 mm.”
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36 of 40 Photographer: Mike McAuliffe, Edmonds Photo taken: Jan. 15, Ballinger Park, Mountlake Terrace Photographer’s description: “It was unusually warm and there was a break in the rain so I headed out looking for birds. My luck was good, and I found a large flock of cedar waxwings dining in trees full of berries at Lake Ballinger. Photo taken with Nikon D500 camera and Nikon 200-500mm lens.”
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37 of 40 Photographer: Olga Bakhirev, Seattle Photo taken: Jan. 13, Skyline Lake Trail, near Stevens Pass Photographer’s description: “I was excited to go and play in the snow, so I decided to drive out to the Skyline Lake trail. I had my Canon XSi camera with me. It started out as a cloudy day but then sun started peeking out.”
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38 of 40 Photographer: Jim Bartley, Bainbridge Island Photo taken: Jan. 1, at Rockaway Beach, Bainbridge Island Photographer’s description: “For the first supermoon of 2018, I set up a tripod-mounted Canon 5D Mark III with 100-400 mm lens to shoot moonrise. As a Washington State Ferries user and fan, I just had to include the Tacoma in the frame. Shot at 400 mm for 1/60 second, aperture f5.6.”
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39 of 40 Photographer: Craig Goodwin Sr., Black Diamond Photo taken: Jan. 2, at Lake Sawyer, Black Diamond Photographer’s description: “Late-fall/early-winter sunrises and reflections at Lake Sawyer are often spectacular. We welcomed the New Year with this bright color palette greeting us on Jan. 2. Canon 5D Mark III camera, Sigma 24mm lens.”
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40 of 40 Photographer: Ben Maund, Seattle Photo taken: Jan. 1, Seattle Center Photographer’s description: “This photo was shot just after the clock struck midnight! I walked a full loop around the Space Needle to scope out the best location. I found this clear, uncrowded spot at 11:55, set up the tripod and waited. I was in awe as the Needle lit up like a giant sparkler!”
Colin Diltz: 206-464-2047 or cdiltz@seattletimes.com.