Photographer: Jeff Chin

Photo taken: March 3, 2021, at Lakewood Marina on Lake Washington

Photographer’s description: “This happy beaver is not shy at all. Spotted while walking our dog. He was munching away on lily pads. Fuji X-H1 100-400 zoom lens.”

Critique: “I hope and expect this will bring a lot of smiles to people’s faces. One of the keys to photographing animals (and often people, as well) is the face, and this is an excellent example of great animal-face photography. Luckily for Reader’s Lens readers, our buddy seems utterly unfazed and happy to ‘pose’ for a photo. Super fun; thanks for sharing.”

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