Seattle Times reader Gloria Z. Nagler’s photo of a mallard stretching her wings on a rain-filled pond.

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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.” Critique: “Awesome work getting out there in our rainy weather to capture this great image. The long lens combined with a fast shutter speed makes the details of the duck feathers stand out from the rest of the gray/brown in the photo.” 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.