Photographer: Brandon R. Aird, Federal Way
Photo taken: Nov. 20, from Mount Pilchuck fire lookout
Photographer's description: "The moon illuminates a cold night on Mount Pilchuck as the marine layer creeps up the valley floor near Granite Falls."
Expert says: "Beautifully eerie. The moonlit snow makes this photo stand out by creating contrast between light and dark in the night. The marine layer below the vantage point adds to the mysterious nature of the image. This photo is a great example of how shooting at different times of the day can create the unusual and unexpected."
— Kevin Fujii, Seattle Times picture editor