Appreciate Beauty of Nature with @phortun: round 189

in Amazing Nature5 months ago

Hey there my Hive friends and followers!

Welcome to the 189th 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:


Here in Central Europe, the first colorful leaves on trees can usually be seen as early as at the beginning of September but this year, because of the extremely warm and sunny end of summer, the onset of autumn has been delayed by several weeks and it´s only now, at the beginning of October that the autumnal colors are starting to appear out there in nature. I went for a little autumnal photo shooting session yesterday. I headed out to some of my favorite natural places here in Prague and it was by the Asuan Water Reservoir where I got this nice shot. The ducks curiously checked me out and when they found out that I had no food for them, they slowly swam away. I also visited some of my favorite viewpoints on the nearby rocks. It was a nice and relaxing autumnal hike :)

In the last round, we had 11 participants. After some thorough consideration, I decided to pick these 3 winners:

@stayoutoftherz with this entry from Austria:


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.

@videoaddiction with this entry from Turkiye:


Hi @phortun mate. I was at a Coast Park in the last weekend to do some recreation. 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

@diding with this entry from the Philippines:


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.

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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Congratulations to friends whose photos were selected in last Thursday's edition, for the first time I will try to share photos that I took a few days ago when I visited one of the tourist attractions in Takengon, more precisely ( Danau Laut Tawar) that morning the view was so beautiful. beautiful view of the lake, the weather is very cool

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Wow, that´s an amazing scenery! Can you just add the location please?

I've edited my post and included the location

Perfect, thank you :)

Congratulations to all those who participate in this great weekly challenge, congratulations to those who took those beautiful photographs, this time at the beginning of the week I had the opportunity to visit a livestock producer in my southern region of Lake Maracibo Venezuela, here we can see some beautiful buffalo specimens in their natural habitat.

See you later, have a great week.

Wow! Look at these magnificent beasts! Great entry, thank you :)

I went cycling this morning on a huge hill all the way to Camp Look Out Valencia, Philippines. I spotted them on an ornamental flower while sitting on the grass. I think this is pretty cool right spot on :)

Wow! It´s like a piece of fine art! Amazing capture, thank you! :)

Since the Czechs love mushroom-picking I cannot but share those from my hike to La Maliciosa. Their appearance sort of shouts they are poisonous - just to avoid somebody taking this photo as a recommendation which ones to pick ;)

Krasavice, díky :) K postu se dostanu později, aktuálně si před sebou tlačím už skoro týdenní backlog :/ Btw vidím, že španělsky jsou to "mucholapky", zajímavé :)

Congratulations to all the winners. I am form India. I am participating in the beauty of nature for the first time. This is my photo which I took on Sunday 1 October. When I went to my farm, I took pictures of cotton plants and nature. You can see all those pictures in this post of mine.

Hey there, welcome to the challenge! This is a nice entry, tank you, can you just add the location, please?

Ok I am from india

Cool, thanks :)

Hi, this is my entry for the challenge. As you know I am all about the travel, nature and the sounds of it but my job sometimes doesnt let me to fully be part of the live that I have, good thing is I work in the woods so this is my daily view of the sky and woods and ofc nature is always better when you have coulleges who are your good friends to hug at this sunsets 💘🩷🥰

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Hey Andjelija, good to see you here! Can you add where (location) and when you took this picture please? Thank you :)


I took this photo about 3 days ago in a rural forest, precisely in Serbajaman Tunong village, Tanah Luas, Indonesia. This brown butterfly seems to be part of the Junonia iphita butterfly.

Great close up, thank you! :)

Hello, this is my first entry to the challenge, I hope it is within the rules, the photo is my author of my garden taken today from Quito-Ecuador after heavy rain ( an-unexpected-winter-bath)

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Thanks for your entry. Yes, it´s a valid one :)

Greeting from Vietnam again!
I took this photo 3 days ago when running in the afternoon.
There were a lot of cloud because of Koinu typhoon. And the sun light reflected on the cloud and it looks like fire in the sky :D

Very interesting scenery up in the sky! Thanks & greetings to Vietnam! :)

Hello, @phortun. Greetings from Marawi City, Philippines. Here's my entry for this challenge. This was taken the other day as I went to get a parcel in J&T Ragayan Branch. The weather is so nice that day. I love the view of the sky and the tall coconut trees from afar.

Thanks for your entry! Greetings to the Philippines :)

You're welcome! Thank you too!

Congratulations everyone!!


This was taken by me on my way to work, around 7:30 in the morning of October 6, 2023 located in Tabogon, Cebu, Philippines.

Beautiful landscape, thank you very much :)

Thanks for choosing my photo, congrats to the winners!

You are welcome my friend! I made sure to write the name of your country how you like it so I hope that you appreciate it :D ;)

Yes, I noticed it, thanks :)

You have actually chose the best ones and kudos to all the winners

I hope I did. Thanks for checking them out :)

Thanks a lot! Please keep up the good work of this contest!

Thanks man, I will try :) Been hosting this challenge every week for almost 4 years and as long as people still enjoy it, I will keep hosting it. Thanks for your continuous contribution and support!

Congratulations to all the winners👏

Thanks for checking out their entries :)

Congratulations to the winners, they really were some great entries.

Yeah, the last round was full of great entries. Thanks for your engagement and support my friend!

I am very happy whenever I manage to participate in the contests launched by you.
Have a wonderful weekend.

I love all these photos. It always amazes me how strong little bugs can be and how much they can lift!

Oh yeah, the Natural World is full of all kinds of wonders and there are so many of them in the Insect Empire :) Thanks for swinging by! :)

Many many congratulations to the winners and best of luck everyone for the next contest.

Thanks for checking them out, feel free to join us in the new round.

Most welcome. Yeah sure.

Congrats to the winners! Thanks a lot for choosing my post as one of the winners😍. Good luck to all the next round contestants!

I thank you for your great contribution to this challenge! :)

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