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. I'm hoping spring comes soon, since I've been forced to (mostly) revisit older shoots for subjects to kick off this thread. Not that I mind a trip down memory lane now and again, but I'm sure all of you are getting tired of subjects that I've shared before. This week's kickoff image is from a trip to the Oregon coast in the summer of 2018. I never tire, it seems, of seascape vignettes of birds, waves, and sky. It seems the West coast is more difficult, for me at least, since the best lighting is in the early morning (if there's no fog, a rarety in the Oregon summer), and I'm definitely a night person, so I get stuck with back-lit birds. Still, pelicans in ground effect just over the breaking waves is a topic that just keeps bringing me back.