Seattle Times reader Vikramkumar Allakonda’s portrait of a stately heron at the zoo.

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Photographer: Vikramkumar Allakonda, Redmond Photo taken: Dec. 3, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Photographer’s description: “Image of the bird expanding its wings to fly. This photo was taken with an iPhoneX with cloudy sky.” Critique: “The overall cooler tone of this image helps bring a little pop to the heron’s gray feathers. The wings really help narrow the focus in on the bird, but cropping from the top and right would further draw attention to the heron.” 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. WATCH FOR SEATTLE TIMES READER PHOTOS OF THE YEAR ONLINE DEC. 21 AND IN PRINT DEC. 24.