This week's winner is a heron staring down the photographer.

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Photographer: Homer Aalfs

Photo taken: Sept. 10, 2018 at Carkeek Park

Photographer’s description: “A great blue heron looks inquisitively at me along the shore of Puget Sound. Needless to say, the heron won the staring contest. It was a lovely, quiet morning. I had the entire beach to [myself], except for one other person who was doing yoga! Taken with a Canon 80D, 400mm f/5.6L.”

Critique: “This is a great take on a photo of a bird that usually is photographed in mid air flapping its wings or awkwardly landing. The long lens really helps clean up a the background, drawing all the attention to the subject in the center. The bird’s intense looks forward lets us feel like we are in the photographer’s shoes staring down the heron.”

SEPTEMBER PHOTO CONTEST: ‘Autumn Harvest’

For our upcoming reader-photo contest, we’re looking for your best photo featuring vegetables. Got a great pumpkin or elegant rhubarb in your yard? Send us your best recent “Autumn Harvest” 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 Sunday, Sept. 30, to seattletimes.com/submit-photos.

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 in December.