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Originally published January 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM | Page modified January 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

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Up close and personal with Rufus the crow

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Photographer: Russ Johnson, Kenmore

Photo taken: Jan. 12, my backyard

Photographer's description: "I went outside to see if I could get a photo of the crow who has claimed our backyard. We have affectionately named him Rufus, and he has become quite tame. If I am working outside, usually he let’s me know he is there. So I tried to get a photo of him on the picnic table also showing the frost.”

Expert says: "Having the ice crystals in focus by using a telephoto lens is really creative (whether intentional or not) and creates an eerie, abstract effect. I like that the crow isn’t fully in the frame but the viewer’s eyes follow the rule of thirds."

-- Katie Greene, Seattle Times photo staff

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