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. Greetings, So, you're walking through the woods on a nice day. The birds are chirpin', froggies are croakin', bees are buzzin'. You're having a great day. The sky is blue, not just any blue, but that deep cerulean blue and there's an occasional, yet refreshing breeze. The trail is in good condition, and when it ends, the underbrush is manageable. A long desired destination is out ahead and today you're going to finally get there. All along the way nature has provided eyefuls of beauty. You and your camera are on fire. You've shot 30 frames and 25 are keepers. Then you step in it. You're glad that the car is 5 miles away because it will take that much walking to get it all off your new boots. Oh yeah, that's a fresh one. Watch where you set the camera bag. Unbeknownst to you, a small flock of vultures roosted in a tree above your parked car and the paint job may never be the same again. Ooooooohhhhhh sssssscat. Any scatologists out there? How often do you really look closely at one of the most abundant substances in nature? There's a lot to learn from a pile in the woods, or anywhere else. What animals are around? What do they eat? Look down and all around. There's a lot to see if you're willing to stick your face and camera in a pile of manure. Coprophilous (now there's a new word for the day) organisms from bacteria to fungi and insects thrive in this environment, using nutrients and making them available for other lifeforms. It's a challenge for macro photographers, that's for sure! But the rewards are there. This is most likely Lasiobolus papillatus at 5X. The yellow orange color is visible to naked eye and details can be seen with a hand lens. Another, as yet unidentified, pretty species of fungi was also growing here. Lot's to see, up close. Sometimes on Monday in Nature it's easy to wonder, who dung it? Better check your boots.