READER’S LENS: Seattle Times reader Mark Wangerin’s photo of a long-eared owl in Eastern Washington.

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Photographer: Mark Wangerin, Seattle

Photo taken: March 11, near Lamoine, Douglas County

Photographer’s description: “Out for a day of birding east of the mountains, a 575-mile, 15-hour trip! The highlight … was the discovery of a pair of long-eared owls in a stand of pine. Taken with Nikon D7100 with Sigma 150-500 lens.”

Katie’s critique: “This owl is so cute! (And that’s saying something coming from me, who isn’t a fan of birds.) Great framing of the face and those wide eyes by the tree branches. Also, great job getting in tight enough so we can see how the owl camouflages with the tree. I might crop in from the left and slightly off the top to clean it up just slightly. Beautiful capture of a beautiful bird.”

Below is a gallery of all Reader’s Lens picks from the year so far. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at www.seattletimes.com/northwestphotos. We judge the year’s best and award a prize every December.