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. Do you have a series of great shots to compliment your post? Please, tell us where they are so we can see them. In the strictest sense, nature photography should not include hand of man elements. Try to minimize man made elements and let common sense be your guide. Let's make this a true Photo of the Week and only post 1 image per week.Good Morning, There have been many observances over the past few weeks and they will continue. Wherever you are in the world I hope your celebrations, whatever they may be, are happy. Hopefully your travels will go smoothly if you're on the road this week. Spending time in nature brings good cheer that we can share. It's always nice to see folks here who haven't posted for awhile as well as first time posters. We're here to have a good time and some photographic merriment. My opener reflects a pleasant time with some Gadwalls. There was a lot of ice on all the local lakes. I'm always impressed at how fast ducks get airborne. One foot off the ice and a half a wing beat and this one was off. Winter is a time for me to work on bird photography skills and the gabby little Gadwalls are always a lot of fun. Do you shoot differently in this season? It will probably be a busy week for many, but hopefully this is a good place to start. Merry Monday in Nature.