Photographer: Cindy Johnson

Photo taken: Jan. 13, 2020, at Farrel-McWhirter Park in Redmond.

Photographer’s description: “I work for the Redmond parks department at Farrel-McWhirter Park, where we have a public animal farm. I was cleaning stalls when I saw Pat the Chicken — who is a rooster, but has laid an egg twice now (that we know of) — standing in the doorway of the small animal barn.”

Critique: “Pat seems like quite the character. What a fun photo to kick off this years Reader’s Lens competition. I like how Pat is almost silhouetted in the shot, but that you can still make out some details. It’s a nice contrast with the unblemished, snowy background. A little separation between Pat and the fence would’ve helped make the photo easier to read, but all in all, this shot is fun and interesting.”

Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at We select our favorites from the year and announce winners in December.