Photographer: Colleen Powell

Photo taken: Aug. 6, 2021, in Kirkland

Photographer’s description: “When our first rain in ages tapered off, I grabbed my camera to capture the droplet-covered flowers in my neighborhood. This hydrangea looked decked in diamonds. Taken with Canon T3i and Canon 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens.”

Critique: “While selecting a photo for this week’s Reader’s Lens, I was thinking we were about due for a macro image, and — behold! This is mesmerizing to me, and I hope to some of our readers, as well. The color palette is remarkably interesting, and the details are crisp and exquisite. Every so often, I’d like to make a jigsaw puzzle out of a Reader’s Lens photo, and this is one of them. Gorgeous. Thank you for submitting!”

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.