Photographer: Blaine Amidon

Photo taken: Nov. 20, 2021, at Pilling’s Pond in Seattle

Photographer’s description: “My wife had Pilling’s Pond in Seattle as a place she wanted to visit. We were in the area, so we decided to find it. Luckily, I had my camera in the car, and while we were there, a group of Wood Ducks posed very nicely in the reflection of the grass. Taken with a Nikon Z6 camera, ISO 2000, f/9, 160 second shutter speed.”

Critique: “Nice way to ‘duck out’ of 2021. Sorry. In all seriousness, I like this photo a lot for its color and composition. The ripples are mostly unbroken, which adds a little tension to the peaceful, watery scene. I like how the duck’s coloring is more vibrant than its surroundings, helping to really pop. Thanks for thinking again of Reader’s Lens!”

Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at Our favorite will appear in this spot next week. We judge the year’s best and award prizes in December.