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.Monday Morning Greetings, If we weren't curious about nature we wouldn't be out there with cameras. Most of us look at nature with more than a casual glance. Many folks who post here conduct research of some kind and nature photography plays an important role. Sometimes the research takes on an urgency. An unusual event starts to happen and interested parties grab their gear (whatever that gear may be) and seize the opportunity. Such is the case with the ongoing "irruption" of Snowy Owls in North America. Operation SNOWstorm is an important effort to gain a better understanding of these birds as large numbers have come south for the winter. Traps, technology, caring people, birds, nature, all share a moment that is up close and personal. Hands of man/woman all over the place, they capture and release the birds, then go watch the radio tracking and learn new things. A couple of the owls have, unfortunately, met sad ends. One could get a little misty eyed in the excitement. Many of you have spent some very cold days out there looking. We head out with the best information and hope for a sighting. We never know what's going to happen.....it's nature. An exciting communiqué led me out with the camera. What we didn't know was that a team of researchers would be trapping and banding the owl. We shook our heads in giddy disbelief at our good fortune. I went looking, and nature looked back at me, up close and right in the eye. I was able to get some close-ups as this owl was lovingly cradled while waiting to be banded. He's part of a snowstorm we can all appreciate this winter. As it's snowing again this morning. Good luck to all the Snowy Owls and the researchers out there, as well as those of you still looking to see one this year. It's Monday, so what has nature brought your way?