Hi there my Hivean friends and followers!
Welcome to the 47th 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:
As I mentioned in my yesterday post, there is no much greenery in nature here in Central Europe these days but if you take a really close and thorough look, you can still find some. Moss and lichen keep their bright green even in the winter. I took this close up picture while hiking around the Zakrzowek Quarry here in Krakow, Poland a few days ago. The city often suffers from inversion and air pollution in this part of the year but the forest surrounding the quarry offers a nice fresh air. Great place for a hike or walk.
In the last round, we had 8 participants. After some thorough consideration, I decided to pick these 3 winners:
@trangbaby with this entry:
Thank you for the mention, much appreciated it. It’s been great opportunity to join your “ Appreciate Beauty of Nature”. My entry for this round: the photo was taken 5 days ago at Co Thach Beach, Binh Thuan province, Viet Nam. The beach is also known as Seven-Colour bank where you can see various stones with different sizes and colours. The sunset here was definitely amazing. Happy New Year @phortun. Hope you have a healthy, happy, lucky and prosperous year
@gabrielatravels with this entry:
Picture taken in Sebeș, Romania on 1st January 2021. Since we got rid of the lockdown of course we've been missing like crazy to reconnect with nature, so how else to begin the new year with a new adventure? This time it was to a place of heart located 70 km from where I'm living with some amazing formations.
@kohsamui99 with this entry:
WOW... I love your none ending countryside landscape lots of room for walking you mom's dog 😉Looks like a big decision making in this round these are all spectacular photos and i am going to add a bit more stress to your decision making...This was my Sunday evening walk along the beach as the sunset was unfolding on Byron Bay one amazing contrast of mother nature's colorful sunset colors.
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!