Seattle Times reader Tim Nicol’s image of a chipmunk balancing on an autumn-browned sunflower.

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Photographer: Tim Nicol, of Republic, Ferry County

Photo taken: Oct. 7, in Republic

Photographer’s description: “A chipmunk gathering food for the upcoming winter. Taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Tamron 150-600mm lens.”

Critique: “This is a great fall photo of the little critter signaling that sunny days are behind us. The clean, out-of-focus background really makes the brown sunflower and the chipmunk pop. The lighting really helps all the details shine, from the flower seeds to the chipmunk’s fur.”

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