Photographer: Melissa Riesland, Seattle
Photo taken: Jan. 19, Discovery Park, Seattle
Photographer's description: "My friend and I decided to hike the north and south beach trails at Discovery Park. When we got down there, we noticed this heron posing perfectly with Mount Rainier and its cap of clouds. There's nothing like Seattle on a sunny day."
Expert says: "This photo shows nice composition, use of space and good depth of field. The telephoto lens compacts the scene, bringing all three elements together. The heron in the foreground makes a nice entry point to the image. Shooting at a lower angle and closer would make the bird more dominant for a stronger anchor point."
— Kevin Fujii, Seattle Times picture editor