Seattle Times reader Jola Charlton persuaded a backyard squirrel to pose for this portrait in Republic, Washington.

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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.” Critique: “Nice job capturing the peak moment of the squirrel’s investigation of the daffodil. The telephoto lens makes the background nice and clean, really putting the details of the main subject on display.” Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at Our favorite will appear in this spot next week. We judge the year’s best and award prizes in December.