Appreciate Beauty of Nature with @phortun: round 188

in Amazing Nature5 months ago

Hey there my Hive friends and followers!

Welcome to the 188th 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. If you want to create a separate post as your entry, you can do that but please always remember to submit your entry in the form of a comment here in this post as well. I only check the entries submitted here as comments.

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. I also give some smaller upvotes on the other entries too so that all participants get rewarded for their engagement.

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:


Despite the very busy schedule, I did manage to go for some nice walks and hikes in the past few days and of course I also remembered to take some pictures for this challenge while on those outdoorsy adventures but yesterday, I had such an amazing and unexpected encounter with nature that I´m actually going to use the photo from this encounter to open this round of the challenge. This is probably the first time that I´m using a picture here that was taken in the very center of Prague but that´s where the encounter happened. It was a lovely sunny day yesterday and me and my wife were enjoying some delicious ice cream, sitting on a bench, when suddenly, this super cheeky jackdaw landed on the very same bench, literally just some 20 cm from us. He looked at the ice cream and started talking to us, demanding his portion of the treat :D He was so insistent, it was ridiculous! Neither of us felt like sharing the ice cream with him, unfortunately, so we apologized and he, after what probably was some vicious remarks about stingy humans, left our bench and flew up to a tree to look out for another potential victim :)

In the last round, we had 10 participants. After some thorough consideration, I decided to pick these 3 winners:

@triplug with this entry from Romania:


I come today with a picture I took on 16.09.2023 in the Bucegi National Park in Romania, it is about Bolboci Lake, a lake artificially formed by creating a dam on the river Ialomita. If you want to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature, a place like this is perfect.

@gatubela with this entry from Venezuela:


Wow @phortun, you were blessed with that amazing view on the top of the mountain 😻 and you could enjoy it with no people and human noise around you, that's a plus, I love it 🥰. Congratulations to the winners, beautiful photos 👍💚 My entry 👇, last Sunday in the Parque La Estación, La Victoria, Venezuela, where I go early in the morning to do Tai chi 🥋, this is a small part of our big green stage hehehe.

@amestyj with this entry from Venezuela:


Congratulations to the winners excellent photographs, this week I had the opportunity to capture the flower of a plant known as dormidera and its scientific name is Mimosa pudica, this photograph was captured in a meadow in the Southern Area of the Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. It is undoubtedly a wild beauty of our ecosystems.

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!

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This is from two days ago, in the Vienna Forest, 30min. south from Vienna. It is supposed that the composer Ludwig van Beethoven was walking here in his last decades and aiming for piece and harmony. A post with more pics will follow...

Wow! That´s an amazing view, thank you! I can actually see the harmony in this picture too, looks very soothing and symmetrical :) Btw talking about Beethoven, he obviously looked for and enjoyed beautiful natural places. He actually spent some time at the chateau in Hradec nad Moravici that is located just outside of my Czech hometown of Opava. I visit the chateau very often, it´s surrounded by beautiful deep forests. There is a Beethoven statue in front of the castle to commemorate this brilliant composer. I actually wrote a post about the chateau but I cannot find it now :/

Hi @phortun mate

I was at a Coast Park in the last weekend to do some recration. The weather was super fine, thus many people flooded to the park, however it is so wide to take many people in. I also shared a post about it ;)

Location: İstanbul, Türkiye

Great entry, thank you mate! I just checked out the post too :)

Congrats again to all the winners!
Here's my entry which is quite a bit sad but a reality of nature wherein my new pet Zebra Swallowtail caterpillar was captured by that fierce bug (if you know the bug's name, please drop a comment bellow, thanks). Look at how the bug held the big caterpillar with its tiny fore legs. I hope that bug won't find the three others in my lemon tree in the yard or else I'll take my caterpillar pets in my room, lol! 😅 Have a nice day everyone!

Location: Siaton, Philippines in my yard yesterday.

What?! A predator bug eating your pet caterpillar? That´s insane! So much drama in this picture, I´m sorry it ended up so bad for your caterpillar :( Did you try to help the caterpillar or was it too late already when you found out?

Right, a lot of drama 😄. It was too late to stop that bug. But I guess one of the chickens ate that bug since it is not there anymore and my other caterpillars are growing healthy and fatter 😄

Well, that´s how things work in nature :) Glad that your remaining pet caterpillars are ok :)

Snorkelling in the Dominican Republic

Four days ago, we had an unforgettable day on our vacation. We went snorkelling in the Dominican Republic.

The drive there was an experience in itself. We saw many impressive landscapes, including tropical forests, wide savannas and steep cliffs.

When we arrived at the water, we jumped into the water and went snorkelling. It was incredible to see the fish swimming around us. We saw colourful coral reefs.

The time passed too quickly, so we couldn't really relax. But it was an unforgettable experience that we will never forget.

Schnorcheln in der Dominikanischen Republik

Vor vier Tagen hatten wir einen unvergesslichen Tag im Urlaub. Wir sind Schnorcheln gegangen in der Dominikanischen Republik.

Die Fahrt dorthin war schon ein Erlebnis. Wir haben viele beeindruckende Landschaften gesehen,

Als wir am Wasser angekommen sind, haben wir uns ins Wasser gestürzt und sind schnorcheln gegangen. Es war unglaublich, wie die Fische um uns herum schwammen. Wir haben bunte Korallen gesehen.

Die Zeit ist viel zu schnell vergangen, so dass wir gar nicht richtig entspannen konnten. Aber es war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, das wir nie vergessen werden.


Hey there, welcome to the challenge! We haven´t had an underwater entry here for a long time so thank you! Looks very cool :) Enjoy your time in the Dominican Republic, it´s an amazing country :)

We had a great day and photos are a great way to remember it :)
I'm pleased that you enjoy it.

Congrats to all the winners, and here's my entry this week. I found this when I visited a neighbouring small island of Siquijor, Philippines two days ago. Such a beautiful creature even before its final incredible transformation.

Wow! Look at this fascinating creature! Great shot, thank you! :)

Appreciate Beauty of Nature with @phortun: round 188


A walk in the forest in Deliblatka peščara, this afternoon was an adventure to get up... The road, which normally has no grass, this time was full of partially dry grass... Which scratched my bare legs, because I was in a shorter tracksuit, not expecting this much grass... The road is already full of sand 🤭
Along the way, the dry pods of wild tobacco partially opened... And this one shone in the sunlight, which managed to break through the pine forest...

Excellent photo as a choice for this round 🙂

Greetings from Banat, Serbia. 🌸

Wow! I actually needed to take a very close look at this picture to find out what´s happening there :D Very interesting entry, thank you! Greetings to Serbia!

Thank you so much @phortun 🌸

Hehehe...that's right 😁

Greetigs ☀️

Beautiful photographs that leave a record of amazing nature, every place, every region has something natural and beautiful to show, this week I will share a beautiful photograph captured in the State of Portuguesa Venezuela in a buffalo activity, I hope it will be appreciated by everyone, because, it shows the beauty of livestock ecosystems when they are well managed.

Thanks for another interesting entry from your country! Saludos :)

Congratulations to all the winners and participants. Heres my entry for this week.

We are invited on a celebration last September 29 and when we arrived at the venue, I found this view of mountains and a river that serves as boundary of two barangay here in municipality of Tabogon, Philippines.


Beautiful place, thanks for your contribution to the challenge! :)

I wanted to share the beauty of nature❤️


Yesterday when I felt so much overwhelmed with chores, I decided to take a walk in an estate very close to mine. The estate is blessed with nature .I'm glad to have experienced the healing effect of nature after the walk.

Ps: the image above is less than 24 hours

Thanks for your entry! Just be sure though, the location is Nigeria, right?

Yes please, Lagos state Nigeria


I captured these photos, last week, in my city Multan Pakistan. This cloud formation was looking so beautiful.

That´s some interesting cloud formation indeed, thanks for your contribution! :)

Congrats to the winners!

Indeed! Great entries in the last round :)

Beautiful photos, the lake appears to look like a love ❤️sign, it's so unique in that view

Congratulations to the winners!!

Well spotted! I didn´t notice myself before :) Thanks for checking out the winning collection from the last round!

Hey Bro!!🐦‍⬛😎 (super fotecka aj zmzlinka🥰)

Tvoje byla super, moje se hned roztekla :D :/ Aspoň, že si pak přišel pokecat pan Kavka :D

Well, there is truly no way to verify if the pictures are new but we should be glad that they participated and congratulations to all of those who won
Big up to you too for creating contests like this...

Thanks for your feedback, feel free to join us with your own entry.

Nice entries.

Thanks for checking them out.

 5 months ago  

Jak dlouho jsi tu kavku přemlouval aby ti stála modelem? :-)

Bylo to spíš naopak, nechtěla odletět a důrazně se dožadovala své porce zmrzliny :D

 5 months ago  

Městští ptáci jsou prostě "ofrklí" :-)
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 5 months ago  


Thank you very much @phortun, I am very happy that the post I attached is among the top three.
There were some very nice entries.
Good luck to everyone who participates in this contest.

My pleasure mate! That was a really nice picture from a really nice place so well deserved win ;) I will see you in the new round! Have an amazing weekend my friend!

Thanks so much @phortun, yes I had a weekend where I ran all the way to Augsburg Germany to attend an event.

Nature is exciting and amazing. Thanks for the search and the post.

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to join the new round with your own entry :)

Congratulations, your post has been upvoted by @dsc-r2cornell, which is the curating account for @R2cornell's Discord Community.

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😃 what a surprise 😃 thanks for having me between the winners 🤗 and congratulations to the other two winners.
😯 I can't believe you didn't share at least a bit of your ice cream with this little friend 😕🙄 do now he will probably take his revenge on all of us 😬

You are welcome amiga! That was a really nice shot so well deserved win :)

Well, I was thinking about sharing the ice cream with him but I didn´t know how to do it! :D I didn´t feel like letting him peck at the treat with his beak (full of bacteria :D) and there was no way to separate a piece for him as it was already melting fast :D :/ Moreover, I don´t think that ice cream is good birds. But yeah, he definitely wasn´t happy with me and it´s possible that he will be dropping "bombs" on all people now :( At least you are safe, I doubt he would visit you in Venezuela :D

🤣🤣🤣 don't worry, we have our own stalker birds here 🤭🤭 some ask for food and some other they love to attack people's hair 😬🤣🤣 not whatever hair, they like long hair, topknots, curly hair and other excentric hairstyles 😬🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ I have been their victim many times 🥴🤭
Oh come on, you didn't know how to feed the bird 🤔🙄 hahaha, you just let some ice cream fell where the bird was and he would eat it with his beak 🤦🏻‍♀️

Birds attacking people´s hair? Wow! That sounds both funny and scary! :D Maybe someone just didn´t want to share ice cream with them before haha :D

Let some ice cream drop... That´s easier said than done, if I tried that, it would most probably end up by dropping the entire ice cream on the ground and I didn´t want that to happen! :D

🤣🤣🤣🤣 yes, those birds are scary hahaha, they are black thin birds very daring and they really enjoy and have fun doing that 🤦🏻‍♀️ 🤭🤭🤭 maybe some of our ancestors who were stingy like you didn't want to share their ice cream with them and now they are getting revenge 😬🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Hahaha, I can't believe you can't let some ice cream drop on the floor or where the bird was, you can use your finger and take a piece and give it to the poor bird. All those excuses mean just one thing, "I simply didn't want to share my ice cream with that 🤬 bird" 🤔 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 just admit it 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🙄😒

Excelente concurso, y saludos al baby 🐥🍼.

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