Seattle Times reader Dan Edds’ photo of a stunning bloom at Bellevue Botanical Garden

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Photographer: Dan Edds, Bellevue Photo taken: May 6, Bellevue Botanical Garden Photographer’s description: “Any time is a great time to visit Bellevue Botanical Garden. This is a capture of a red peony just before it hits full bloom. Canon 40D, lens: EF 70-200mm, f2.8.” Katie’s critique: “I have never been to Bellevue Botanical Garden, but this photo makes me want to go. Gorgeous, elegant, beautiful photo! The combination of the perfect depth of field, the contrast of the dark edges of the frame against the bright pink petals and the crisp lines of the edges of the petals makes everything about this photo pop. Great job by the photographer to get a tight shot that becomes fine art.” Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at (and see an online gallery of other Reader’s Lens photos). We judge the year’s best and award a $250 gift card and other prizes every December.

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