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. Good Morning, I'd like to take the opportunity here, in the Nature forum, to salute and celebrate long time photo.net member Stephen Penland. His passing was brought to light in a thread in Casual Photo Conversations. Many of you are familiar with Stephen from his participation in many of the forums here. His was a voice of reason. He was gracious, considerate, and gave insightful critiques. He was a wonderful nature photographer. He was a biologist and understood nature from an intellectual point of view. He was also incredibly sensitive to his environment, and his awareness comes across in his photography. His nature photography is elegant and is a source of inspiration. To those unfamiliar with Penlands work, please, take the time to visit his portfolio here on photo,net as well as his own site here. I was pleasantly surprised when Stephen left a comment on one of my snow flake photographs. I was honored then and now that I see he left the comment just a few months prior to his passing, they take on a special meaning. Please, if you care to, take the time and share any special memories you have of Stephens photography, or of the man himself. He will be missed, but his photography will endure, and through it, so will his memory. It's a special Monday in Nature, dedicated to Stephen Penland.