Hi there my Hivean friends and followers!
Welcome to the 100th round of my special weekly photo challenge known as Appreciate Beauty of Nature with @phortun :)
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 to 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. 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 (photo) 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.
You can start submitting your entries to this round in the comment section below 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. I usually host the challenge on Thursday but when needed for some reason, I can host it on some other day so better check my blog regularly not to miss out on it ;)
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:
I managed to sneak out to my Czech homeland recently again after some time and one of the things I got to while there was visiting my mum in the countryside. We had a nice little family reunion over there as my sister came too, after returning from a long holiday in Mexico. On Saturday, we took our doggie for a walk and it was during the walk that I captured this shot. I know you probably cannot tell just by the picture but it was freezing quite bad that day and the water in the little lake was frozen to the point that we could (and we did) ice skate on it :) Photo taken in a rural part of the Moravian - Silesian Region of the Czech Republic.
In the last round, we had 10 participants. After some thorough consideration, I decided to pick these 3 winners:
@danghao with this entry:
Hello, @phortun. This is my first time entering this contest. This photograph was taken by me over the weekend. I went to the fishing wharf at Tho Quang, Vietnam to photograph the sunrise. The sky that day was very impressive, I think you will like it too.
@kydg with this entry:
Hello @phortun and Hivean friends. This is a close-up photo of a butterfly that I took on the afternoon of January 11, 2022 in an uncultivated land with many weeds near the banks of the Han River - a famous river in the Da Nang City, Vietnam. I hope you will like this photography.
@trangbaby with this entry:
Thank you @phortun for the feature. I continue the challenge with the picture taken yesterday at My Khe Beach, Da Nang, Vietnam. My first thought was to just cycle around, but since the weather is so nice I didn't want to miss the beautiful moments of the day. I parked my bike and went jogging on the beach.
Congratulations guys! It was my pleasure to give you 100% upvotes on your entries :)
I am looking forward to what you will come up with in this round.
Have fun and appreciate the beauty of nature!
I post this series in the Amazing Nature community, a great community for all nature lovers. Feel free to check it out ;)