Seattle Times reader Dan Evans’ photo of the almost-full moon peeking from clouds over a twinkly Eastside neighborhood.

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Photographer: Dan Evans Jr., Seattle

Photo taken: July 9, from Denny-Blaine district of Seattle.

Photographer’s description: “Taken the day after a full moon, looking east at the Somerset area of Bellevue, with a Nikon D750.”

Katie’s critique: “The almost-full moon peeking through the clouds, centered over the twinkling homes, makes for a lovely scene. The photographer did a great job of getting a long-enough exposure (1/15 second at ISO 1600, f/5.6) to see the outline of the hills without blowing out the exposure of the moon, which is helped by those clouds acting as a filter. Beautiful and soothing.”


For this month’s reader-photo contest, we’re looking for your favorite photo from an early-summer trek around the Northwest, whether it’s among balsamroot flowers in the Methow Valley or through lingering snow at an alpine lake.

Send us your best recent “Take a hike” photo, and we’ll choose a favorite to spotlight in The Seattle Times’ Reader’s Lens feature. A Canon photo bag goes to the winning photographer. Submit by the end of the day Sunday, July 30, to

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 prizes every December.