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 manmade structures like roads. A bird on the fence post or bug on your finger is fine. Try to minimize man made features, keep the focus on nature, and let common sense be your guide. Let's image per week. More details please check here. Monday Morning Greetings, More reach, need more reach. Gotta get closer. Need an invisibility net or a personal cloaking device so they won't see. Click, oh, right, they can hear that. Why are they always on the other side of the lake, no matter what lake or time of day. Then, there is the magic of the perfectly comfortable rock at streamside and a small group of feathered friends willing to tolerate a quiet photographer. It's bucolic until someone comes crashing through the area with other intentions. They're nice enough and wonder if you're catching anything because this is a great fishing spot. They have a cooler, you have a camera, and the feathered friends are gone. Other days are spent in the cold, waiting, and waiting. Then there are times when the minimal gear gets the job done because a Cat Bird is curious about the black box. You sit in the car among rolling countryside, wondering where they are, and you hear them from a mile away. Thousands of snowies land in the field right there. Those moments take on incredible variation for bird photographers everywhere. It's easy to get a case of lens envy and each year brings another opportunity to improve. It's also easy to admire the skills of those photographers who know their subjects and locations and have honed their craft. Tip a lens cap to all the bird photographers who make it look so easy. Even though the cold is here, so are many birds that will winter over in the area. Hooded Mergansers are always a challenge as they speed by. Anything whizzin' by your camera? Let's get Monday in Nature under way.