Hi there my Hivean friends and followers!
Welcome to the 10th round of my special weekly photo challenge known as Appreciate Beauty of Nature with @phortun :)
NOTE 1: SEE THE UPDATED RULES BELOW THAT TAKE THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS SITUATION INTO CONSIDERATION.
I know a lot of photo contests with nature as the main theme were/are/will be hosted by various people on the Hive blockchain but I wanted to come up with something more than just another photo contest where participants would submit their best natural photos. Therefore, I decided to go for quite an unusual concept that I am going to introduce in the following lines.
The aim of the Appreciate Beauty of Nature with @phortun photo challenge is not to make you dig up your photo archives and submit the best pictures of nature that you have ever taken. Instead, I want you guys go out and appreciate the beauty of our nature right now. The internet (and the Hive blockchain as well) is flooded with picture perfect shots of landscapes, mountains, forests, beaches etc. taken years ago. But this is not what I want to see in this challenge. I want to see shots that may not be necessarily stunning but they must be fresh, proving that you have just physically spent some time outdoors in the fresh air. But remember that nature comes in many forms. It doesn´t have to be a pristine jungle or a deep remote forest. An urban park, a botanical garden, a little grove on the outskirts of your town - pretty much any place with some trees, plants, rocks, bodies of water or any other natural features would be just as fine ;)
Obviously, there is no way for me to verify whether the photo that you submit in the challenge is really fresh or if it was even taken by you so I am relying on your honesty guys. However, the prizes for the winners (as described below) are more symbolical than overly motivating so I don´t expect too much fraudulent behavior in this challenge anyway.
I want to keep the rules of this challenge as simple and benevolent as possible so let´s agree on just this:
Only one entry per person per round.
The photo must be yours and not older than one week.
Add a few words about the photo, at least where and when you took it.
RULES UPDATE: CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT MANY PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE TO STAY AT HOME NOW, YOUR ENTRY CAN BE OLDER THAN ONE WEEK. PREFERABLY A NATURAL PHOTO THAT YOU TOOK NOT LONG BEFORE THE OUTBREAK OF THE PANDEMIC.
You can start submitting your entries to this round from now until the next round. Prior to publishing the next round post, I will pick 3 winners, give my full upvote on their entries and feature them in the next round of the challenge. As long as the response is not too overwhelming, I will also try to give some smaller upvotes on all of the other entries to reward all participants.
I might change the concept and/or the rules of the photo challenge later on, depending on how things go. Also, I haven´t reserved a fixed day for this challenge yet so it might be movable but it will definitely be hosted once every week.
To keep up with you guys, I submit my own fresh natural photo to every round´s post too :) Here is my contribution to start out this round.
Officially, we are still under a stay-at-home order here on the Azores but I have managed to sneak out to nature a few time lately so I can finally share a fresh photo with you here. Not very cool one, I know, but it still felt great to spend some time in the fresh air. I clicked this shot just outside of Ponta Delgada, the capital city of the Sao Miguel Island, a few days ago.
In the last round, we had 8 participants so picking those 3 winners was not as easy as in some of the previous rounds but after some thorough consideration, I made my choices :)
The winners are:
@pradeepdee6 with this entry:
Hi, here is my entry for the week of appreciate Beauty of Nature. The Dandelion is a weed, but the nature of flower makes it an excellent show plant. The photograph was clicked from my morning walk 3 days before. The apartment gardener thinks these yellow Dandelion makes a perfect welcome flower at the gates of our Community. The tiny flowers on green bed was worth capturing for amazing nature.
@onlavu with this entry:
Went for walkies with my dog last Sunday. A wheat field near the city of Krnov (Czechia).
@letalis-laetitia with this entry:
Well you got me outside this afternoon, just for a little bit, and only as far as the garden but it was really nice. This was an impromptu snap, the others being of pretty flowers, blossom, I even managed to get a good view of the canal I live near, but there is something so pretty about this weed. I don't know it's real name, we call it sticklebacks, or sticky backs. They always remind me of going on walking holidays when I was little. We'd go with my parents friends, they would bring their children, and us kids would play games on the walks. A very popular one was based around picking these very sticky weeds, and trying to stick them to an adults back without any of them noticing. Sometimes one would spot you, and there would be that freeze moment, and pretty much every time, they would wink, and not say a word. Much less risky than the grab-a-nettle-and-don't-flinch game - kids are bonkers lol.
Congratulations guys! It was my pleasure to upvote your entries :)
I am looking forward to what you will come up with in this round.
Have fun and appreciate the beauty of nature!