Seattle Times reader Jack Freelander’s photo of a highflying sunrise on a cold December morn.

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Photographer: Jack Freelander, Monroe Photo taken: Over Mount Rainier’s foothills, Dec. 7 Photographer’s description: “Sunrise with Mount Rainier, as shot from a Cessna 172 at 11,500 feet, at minus 20 degrees Celsius, with the window open.” Katie’s critique: “This is a great photo to start off the new year — it screams beauty and freshness. A small f-stop (in this case f/20) created that splendid sunburst and definitely makes this photo. Thanks, Jack, for bringing us to 11,500 feet with you. Happy new year, all!”