Basic Guidelines: Nature based subject matter. Please, declare captive subjects. Keep your image at/under 700 pixels on the long axis for in-line viewing and try to keep file size under 300kb. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site at Flicker, Photobucket, your own site, etc. Feel free to link your image to a larger version. In the strictest sense, nature photography should not include hand of man elements. Please refrain from images with obvious buildings or large man made structures like roads, fences, walls. Minimize man made features and keep the focus on nature. Are you new to this thread? We post one image per week. For more details on guidelines please read this helpful information. Greetings, Grab your coffee and lets go for a ride in the way back machine. We don't need to go far, only to the late 20th century. You won't look out of place in your clothes and those of you familiar with film will be right at home. In the year long salute to U.S. national parks, lets visit one of the grandest, and the first. Let's go to Yellowstone. But what year to visit? We all want to see grand vistas in a pristine condition. Regardless of the season, the place captures the imagination.. Everything about it seems to exist on a grand scale. Big vistas, big animals, a rich history, long roads to get there, and often huge crowds once we arrive. We've saved for a long time to be in this place. People travel from around the globe to experience the wonders here. Has anyone ever been disappointed? Let's set the way back machine to 1988. That year the park changed and all that anyone could see would be altered. Nature ran it's course and had its way in the conifer forests of the Rocky Mountains. 1988 was a year of fire in Yellowstone and much of the park went up in flames. It started in June, involved natural and man made fires, and didn't end until September with rain and snow. It wasn't just one fire, but many that eventually joined together. Conditions were ripe and winds drove the fire through the landscape. In the end, 1.2 million acres burned in the region. Of that, 793,880 acres burned in the park, about 36% of the total acreage, according to the park service. The following year record numbers of visitors returned, and brought their cameras. The scientists came to study and watch as nature went about the business of renewal in an ever changing landscape where fire is necessary. Jump forward a few years to 1994. I wasn't much of a photographer, but I had a cool job as the field cook for a university ecology class in Yellowstone. For a week I drove my truck/ chuck wagon around the park and met up with the class. Otherwise, my trusty Nikon EM was a good companion, even thought I didn't know much about using it. The opener this week is a different view of Yellowstone, a view of charred woodlands and patches of green. The image is 8 scanned color film negatives stitched together, but otherwise untouched. Yes, I stood there and thought "this will work, snap, snap, snap". A bigger version is here. On this solstice lets celebrate the changes that nature brings about, in it's own way, on its own terms, at it's own pace. Happy Monday in Nature.