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. 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 post one image per week. More details please check here.Good Morning, Today is a day of silliness. It's one of those days where people and nature collide and everyone gets a good laugh. The day has some roots as a connection to nature in a pagan past. Who would have thought that a day for priests to bless candles, and marking a point in the winter would morph into a big rodent predicting the weather accompanied by a bunch of gents in top hats? Right now, thousands of people are outside in the dark and the cold, enduring the elements. The concession stand opened at midnight and everyone is, no doubt, well fortified out on Gobbler's Knob. They're probably connecting with that distant pagan right about now. It's Groundhog Day. If the groundhog sees the sun and hence it's shadow, there's another 6 weeks of winter. If not, then things will get better soon. Apparently the rodent isn't right very often. But the crowds in Punxsutawney don't mind. Let's face it, it's the beginning of February and there's 6 more weeks of winter anyway! All the groundhogs around here are tucked in their dens, content to wait for all this snow to melt. Now, if you go outside today and see the sun, will you be afraid of your shadow and run back into your hole? No way! You're going to grab your camera and photograph it, and anything else that warm winter sun shines on. Happy Groundhog Day on Monday in Nature, whether it's sunny, cloudy, or just a little silly, naturally.