Reader’s Lens | ‘Summer Blooms’ contest winner

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Contest winner John Carroll captured a two-tone dahlia on the Whidbey Naval Air Station.

Photographer: John Carroll

Photo taken: Aug. 25, 2018 at the Cliffside RV Park on the Whidbey Naval Air Station

Photographer’s description: “The Cliffside RV Park on the Whidbey Naval Air Station has a bounty of dense, stunning flower gardens. The dahlias of every color and variety were particularly striking on yesterday’s visit. This two-tone beauty was especially eye-catching. Taken with iPhone 8 plus, in portrait mode.”

Critique: “Many photos of dahlias were submitted for this contest, but none as striking as this one of a dahlia with two different halves. The focus on the sole flower makes it stand out compared to the other colorful dahlias in the background.”

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 other picks from this contest. 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.

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1 of 6 Taken by Christopher Picard on July 9, 2018 in Seattle: “I like to go to community gardens to photograph flowers and insects. I took this image in the large garden along N.W. 15th in the Interbay area. I think it may be some type of onion but I’m more of a photographer than a botanist. I used a Nikon D500 with a Sigma 180 MM, f/2.8 macro lens. I titled it “Natural Fireworks.”
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2 of 6 Taken by Amanda Modery on July 29, 2018 in Bellevue: “I was over visiting my parents and my mom has a nice garden, so I was wandering around with my Pentax k-50 looking at flowers. I took this photo because I like the fine detail on hydrangeas.”
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3 of 6 Taken by Nick Harrington on Aug. 6, 2018 at Tipsoo Lake in Mt. Rainier National Park: “After a night spent camping in the National Park, I headed up to Tipsoo Lake for sunset. Wildfire smoke had resulted in bad visibility, so I spent more time on intimate shots like this one rather than sweeping vistas. This was taken with a Canon 6D and Tamron 15-30 lens.”
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4 of 6 Taken by Genie Benson on Aug. 8, 2018: “I am fascinated by the pollinators that make the gorgeous Summer Blooms possible! Taken with my Sony RX10IV.”
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5 of 6 Taken by Jerry Cahill on Aug. 15, 2018 at Soos Creek Botanical Garden in Auburn: “We were visiting Soos Creek Botanical Gardens as we often do. We enjoyed many beautiful flowers. When we got to the pond to check out the lotus, I noticed a tree frog on one of the flowers. As luck would have it, he jumped to the center of the flower and I snapped this photo. I was using a Nikon D610 with a wide angle lens I was testing for Landscape pictures.”
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6 of 6 Taken by Lynne Simons on Aug. 27, 2018 in the photographer’s garden in Bellevue: “This one dahlia in my garden never fails to make me smile when it sends forth its brilliant blooms in late summer. It is always a joyful burst of color in my Bellevue garden. Taken with my Canon 5D Mark 111 and a Canon 100 Macro lens.”
Colin Diltz: 206-464-2047 or cdiltz@seattletimes.com.