Seattle Times reader George Hu’s wonderfully wintry photo from atop the ski hill at Crystal Mountain Resort.

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Photographer: George Hu, Kirkland

Photo taken: Nov. 18, Crystal Mountain ski resort

Photographer’s description: “During opening weekend at Crystal I emerged from the gondola and took some nice selfies (while) enduring 40-mph ice crystals. As I walked up the ridge I noticed this opening between trees and a visiting friend asked, ‘Is that a river?’ I was struck by what looked like a river of snow and ice coming from Mount Rainier and took this on my iPhone 6.”

Critique: “The opening between the two snowy trees, looking down on the White River, is a great way to frame the snowy scene at Crystal Mountain. The nice light provided great contrast to the bright whites of the snow throughout this photo.”

Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at seattletimes.com/submit-photos. Our favorite will appear in this spot next week. We judge the year’s best and award prizes at year’s end. Last day for submissions for 2017 award judging: Dec. 3. Look for Reader Photos of the Year online Dec. 21; in print Dec. 24.