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 features, keep the focus on nature, 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 Monday Morning, There's this little gathering happening over in Russia......The Winter Olympics. For the most part it's got nothing to do with nature, though many events take place outdoors and athletes certainly have to deal with the elements. Russia is a big place full of nature that is inhabited by creatures both real, and mythological. Leshii (numerous spellings) are woodland spirits of Slavic mythology, protectors of the forest and animals. They appear in many forms from pleasant peasant, an animal, contorted Green Man figure, and even as a large talking mushroom! What's not to love? They can be small or as tall as trees. Leshii have an affinity for wolves and Amanitas, and they appreciate offerings of foods like kashka, blinis, and cookies. They can be tricksters but they don't like folk coming into the forest doing harm. They will lead an antagonist around the forest in endless circles. On the humorous side, they can be warded off by placing shoes on the wrong feet and turning clothing inside out. They come in a demon flavor, with horrible cries and a willingness to tickle a wayward wanderer to death.....oh my. Fortunately for lovers of the forest, Leshii can befriend humans. Perhaps they like cameras and nature photographers, no matter what feet our shoes are on. This Monday is full of skiing, skating, curling, and whatever good time you have with your camera in nature. It's been harsh out there for a lot of folks, so do take care.