Seattle Times reader Tim Nicol zooms in on a hummingbird over a blanket flower.

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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.” Critique: “The immediate thing that jumps out in this photo, like many of Nicol’s previous entries, is how cleanly the background allows the subject to be the sole focus. Even with a clear focus, the amount of detail, from the fibers on the flower to the different textures on the feathers of the bird, makes this photo great visual treat.”


For our upcoming reader-photo contest, we’re looking for your best summertime photo featuring flowers. Got stately sunflowers or swoon-worthy roses growing tall in your yard? Send us your best recent “Summer Blooms” photo, and we’ll choose a favorite to spotlight in The Seattle Times’ Reader’s Lens feature. One winner will receive a $100 gift card to Molbak’s Garden + Home. Submit by the end of the day Friday, Aug. 31, to 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.