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. 

(Cindy Johnson)
(Cindy Johnson)