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 Morning All, On this day in 1888 the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington D.C. The first monthly magazine was published in October of that year. Back in 1830 the Geographical Society of London was formed. It later became known as the Royal Geographic Society and was granted a Royal Charter in 1859. "Geographical" magazine has been published monthly, continuously since 1935. It is difficult to imagine what our state of knowledge would be like without these and like organizations in Canada, Australia, Russia, India, and on. Science, geography, nature, exploration, and photography all wrapped up together. In a not so perfect world the broad view and mission of these organizations is to promote knowledge about the natural and cultural world. Each month a slice of the planet comes to the mailbox. It's bound between yellow bordered covers and it is full of some of the best and most inspiring photography I can ever hope to see. I'm lucky. My great aunt worked at NGS and gave my family a gift subscription every year. I got my own subscription as soon as I could afford it. I can't articulate how my photography is influenced by this monthly gem. But, it helps me see the world and gives the brain a good work out. I can't imagine life without it. Happy birthday National Geographic Society. It's Monday. What would you put on the cover?