Seattle Times reader Tim Nicol’s photo of a curious chipmunk in his autumn garden.

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Photographer: Tim Nicol, Republic, Ferry County Photo taken: Oct. 22, in his garden Photographer’s description: “A chipmunk in the late afternoon sunlight in my garden in Republic. Taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Tamron 150-600mm lens.” Katie’s critique: “I love the simplicity of this photo highlighted by the beautiful autumn light. The lens used creates a super-clean background because of the shallow depth of field that allows us to not get distracted by the background and focus on the adorable moment. Great photograph!” 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 best and award prizes every December.   Send us your best bird photo — and maybe win a Baja cruise Through Nov. 20, Seattle Audubon and The Seattle Times are seeking your best bird photos. To celebrate Seattle Audubon Society’s 100th anniversary, we’ll showcase winning photos (taken in Washington, by Washingtonians) on Grand prize is an Uncruise Adventures Baja cruise for two (value of $7,990), plus other prizes of travel, camera gear and more. Judges will include photographers Art Wolfe, Gerrit Vyn, Paul Bannick and a Times photojournalist. Enter now (and learn more) at