True nature: Reader Photo Contest celebrates the Valley's grand outdoors | Slideshow

Mount Si is back on top again in the Valley Record staff’s judgment for this year’s Amateur Photo Contest.

Staff chose Bill Cottringer of North Bend, now a two-time winner in the contest, for his evocative shot of a rustic barn with a Mount Si view.

This perspective, he says, gets missed by most travelers on Ballarat Road, since the barn and the mountain are on opposite sides of the road, and passersby may not know the barn is there.

On a sunny day last December, Cottringer took this photo with a Canon 5-D Mark III camera with a 16-35 mm super wide angle lens, circular polarizer and square handheld neutral density filter.

Cottringer has been shooting photos as an avid hobbyist for more than 50 years—he bought his first camera in Japan when he was serving in the U.S. Air Force—without a bit of formal instruction, simply trial and error.

He wins a stay at the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie.

Valley resident Dorota Heidel won second place and a mentoring session with local photographer Mary Miller for her October shot of Mailbox Peak, overlooking the Valley and the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie to the north.

Heidel lives not far from the base of the peak.

“The view from there is fabulous, and reveals the true nature of our area,” she says. “I like to take photographs that are inspirational.”

A golden riverbend of the Snoqualmie River, as captured by Sheri Kennedy.

Mailbox Peak’s iconic summit awaits deliveries, in this shot by Dorota Heidel; She wins second place in the Scenic category.

A Mount Si view from near Ballarat Avenue, shot by Bill Cottringer, wins first place in the Scenic category.

Mount Washington and Mount Si’s stone and timbered flanks, as shot by Eric Land.


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