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, Snow, ice, floods.....many are taking a beating this winter. It feels like it will never end, but we all know better. Soon enough we'll feel the same temps as folks down under.....well, .......... maybe not even close to soon enough. Until then the Winter Olympics are in the second week and what a diversion these games have been. But, there are some incredible competitions going on in nature that would rival a Russia Canada hockey match. In the name of some good hearted fun, let's take a look at some of the events in the Nature Games. Sea Floor Spread: Team Mid Atlantic is a strong contender churning out new ocean floor at a rate of 2.2 inches (3.6 cm) per year. They'll have to bring their best race against Team East Pacific, a powerhouse tectonic plate pusher clocking in at 12.6 inches (32.2 cm) per year. Butterfly Relays: There's a keen balance of speed and endurance as these teams race across a meadow the size of Spain. Team Monarch Mania are calculating, with Blues, Monarchs, and Skippers on the anchor leg. Team Frenetic Fritters are confident with Whites, Fritillaries, and Hawk Moths finishing up. The elements are always a factor and it will surely be an exciting race. Get your cameras ready. Diving, Aquatic Avian Division: Summer or winter, these teams train hard at diving from the air and water surface. Speed, accuracy, the ability to hit the water clean and dive deep are all key to success. Team Avian Attitudinals are diverse and draw on the individual strengths brought by members Cormorants, Penguins, and Kingfishers. A "get down to business" demeanor characterizes Team Birds With Brains. Made up of Gannets, Pelicans, and Loons, they are sleek and powerful. They're all a treat for photographers, both under and above the water. It's Monday in Nature, so grab your camera.......the games are on. To all who are shoveling snow and getting battered by the elements, hang in there. It might be a good week for archives because it sure has been hard to get out.