The transition from the yahoo list to this message board system has opened many ways for sharing info...and pics:) . For those of you not accustomed to posting photos in this type of format here is some help. (It is way more convenient for both the poster and the viewer than the list!)
An easy way to post here is to use a hosting site (Photo Bucket, ImageShack, etc.) I've recently started using ImageShack and love it, so here is a quick rundown on how that works:
When posting a pick, it is usually helpful to have a hosting site window and a ATSHQ window running simultaneously.
Go to http://www.imageshack.us/
Read through the Terms of Service etc. You do not have to register, but registration is free and all you need is your email address. There is no limit to the numbers of photos you can have hosted. Once you have an account, you can view and use your images by logging in. Here is a link to their registration page: http://reg.imageshack.us/content.php?page=register
To upload, click on the yellow frog to get to the intro upload page. From there, you have several options. I usually choose to not resize unless a certain file is gigantic (they do have a size limit, but it is pretty darn generous). If everything looks good to you, click "Browse" and choose a photo. Once you have selected it, click "Host it!" and ImageShack will begin uploading. When it is done, it will take you to a thumbnail of your image and a myriad of different posting URLs. For use here, I use the option that says "Thumbnail for forums". Once you have it highlighted, simply copy and paste it into your text and you're all done.
*EDIT* *** The thumbnail obtion is great if you do not feel like/have to time for resizing. For gallery pics or other pics you want embedded full size I find it easiest to resize them before uploading them to ImageShack. I usually try to keep it below 600x600 pixels. In that case, you copy/paste the URL that says "Embeddable codes: Forums" ***
You will end up with a clickable thumbnail like this. (B. albopilosum molting BTW)
Click for fullsize:
For any of you having problems setting up avatars, there are instructions under "Common Questions" in the troubleshooting section.
No excuses...make with the pic posting, OK?:)