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 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.