Photographer: Paula Bock

Photo taken: Sept. 6, 2020, at Kerry Park in Seattle

Photographer’s description: “Amid pandemic, political storms and racial wrongs, I took a long gaze on a clear night, comforted by stars shining above — and the Earth still turning below — the petty pace of day-to-day life. Human light. Flights on journeys far and farther. Olympus E-M1 Mark II, live composite, 4,000+ one-second exposures.”

Critique: “What a perfect photo to put a cap on the 2020 edition of Reader’s Lens. One of my first thoughts when I saw this was, ‘The world is still turning,’ and there was a measure of comfort there. One of my favorite things about this is how we see our city from a familiar vantage yet a totally new perspective. The juxtaposition of humankind against nature is cool, and lines from the air traffic are fascinating. This is poignant and interesting, and I don’t even have a criticism. Thank you for sharing this with us!”

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. We judge the year’s best and award prizes in December.