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, fences, walls. Try to minimize man made features and keep the focus on nature. Are you new to this thread? We post one image per week. For more details on guidelines please read this helpful information. Monday Morning Salutations, Everything in nature changes in some way. Caterpillars become butterflies, acorns become mighty trees, small drips in a cave become fantastic formations. Some are easy to see and others not so. I'd like to invite you on a bit of a journey into one of natures small changes. Last year I found some white stuff on a log. It got my attention, but I only made mental note of it as too many other items went into my collection basket. Originally I didn't think it was fungal. Then I really took a hard look at it. I was surprised that these milky white blisters on a rotted log were slippery and hard. Maybe they were fungal after all. I finally dug some off the log and took it home, but it was low on the priority list, and the sample sat, unattended. Maybe a month or more passed and I returned to the sample. It was dried, of course, but the white stuff was no longer and in it's place was some black stuff. I wondered if I had an anamorph. Hmmmmmmmm. So, I decided to start over and waited till this year when the white stuff surfaced on rotted logs in the only place where I've seen it. I now have a pet of white stuff on some well decayed wood that does a wonderful reappearing act with water. It has lovely structures and it's clearly fungal. A better camera for the microscope has been quite helpful. (photos temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties) While it doesn't have the status of the household felines, it will be treated well. Maybe I'll figure out what it is. One thing that doesn't change is the great nature photography to enjoy on Monday in Nature. Anyone else have any strange pets from nature?