Seattle Times reader Kalisa Beyer’s photo of a serene morning on Lake Crescent.

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Photographer: Kalisa Beyer, Seattle

Photo taken: Aug. 10, Lake Crescent, Olympic Peninsula

Photographer’s description: “Capturing the calm, peaceful morning on Lake Crescent before spending three days backpacking in the Olympic Mountains to celebrate my 30th birthday.”

Katie’s critique: “For me, this photo defines serenity. The exposure it great. The silhouetted duck along with the soft and fading mountainscape keep to the same beautiful gray-blue palette. I might crop up just slightly to get those rocks in the lower-left out of the frame to clean it up. This looks like the perfect way to start your 30s.”

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