Seattle Times reader Ron Raport’s photo of snow geese in the Skagit Valley.

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Photographer: Ron Raport, Bothell

Photo taken: Jan. 15, Skagit Valley

Photographer’s description: “Snow geese have a beautiful but goofy feel to them, particularly contrasting to the graceful swans. This photo captures a pair searching for a landing spot, complete with flared wings and muddy feet. Captured with a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 100-400mm lens with 1.4X extender creating 560mm, 1600 ISO, f9 and 1/3200.”

Katie’s critique: “Twins! These guys coming in for a landing are a great capture, muddy feet and all! Good use of a long lens to clean up the background (even with an f-stop of f/9) while still allowing us to get a sense of the crowded field to show they are searching for a place to land. The birds’ body contortion is super interesting and a nice moment captured.”

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