Basic Guidelines: In the strictest sense, nature photography should not include "hand of man elements". Please refrain from images with buildings or human made structures like roads, fences, walls. Pets are not permitted. Captive subjects in zoos, arboretums, or aquariums are permitted, but must be declared, and must focus on the subject, not the captivity. Images with obvious human made elements will likely be deleted from the thread, with an explanation to the photographer. Guidelines are based on PSA rules governing Nature photography which also cover the Nature Forum. Keep your image at/under 1000 pixels on the long axis for in-line viewing. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site at Flicker, Photobucket, your own site, etc Each member please post no more than just one image to this weekly thread per week. If the information is available, many members appreciate information on your approach to making the image and the names, both common and scientific, of the subject(s). However, while encouraged, these are not required as a component of your contributions. A pair of American Coots (Fulica americana) making a takeoff run, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. This image, like so many this summer, is from 2020, since this year's pickings are so very slim. The Coots are one of the few species that is a constant, even when everybody else is someplace else. The only time I've not seen them at the BRMBR is in the dead of winter when everything is frozen over. Then only the gulls and Bald Eagles seem to be around. Please accept my apologies as I discovered last week's kickoff image was one that I had used previously. I try not to post repeats, but sometimes I just lose track.