Hi there my Hivean friends and followers!
Welcome to the 85th 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:
It´s been a beautiful sunny day today here in Opava, Czech Republic so I took advantage of the lovely autumn weather and went for a little bike ride just a couple of hours ago. I followed a popular bike trail that leads through several pictures villages towards the city of Ostrava. Velke Hostice is one of those villages and it was there, in a little park just below the famous Velke Hostice Chateau, where I took this picture featuring a part of the architectural landmark. As you can see, the green color still prevails in the vegetation here but first patches of red and yellow are already popping up in the canopy. Autumn is here :)
In the last round, we had 8 participants. After some thorough consideration, I decided to pick these 3 winners:
@loulou1987 with this entry:
Tentokrát pro mě bylo dost těžké vybrat něco z minulého týdne. Ale tady je - foceno v sobotu večer na posledních kilometrech naší Tour du Mont Blanc cestou do Les Houches. Stmívalo se, nesvítila mi čelovka a šli jsme docela drsný sestup. Na chvíli jsme se zastavili a já jsem jen tak cvakla mobilem s myšlenkou, že je tma a stejně z toho nic nebude. Kvalita fotky je o ničem, ale přece jen tam trošku něco je.
@dswigle with this entry:
I am late to the party again, I can see you already have some great entries! As you know, I went off to Acadia National Park a few days ago. Acadia is in the state of Maine, in the US. It is often photographed and on my list of most visited by my family. I like to stand on the rocks, daring the waves to crash around me. The rocks are actually granite, in the unfinished state of course. It has hiking, biking, and walking trails. It is a truly beautiful place to spend some time, nature and you. My entry for this week is some pink granite down at the water's edge. I want to thank @phortun for hosting/sponsoring this contest.
@kohsamui99 with this entry:
Another weekend has passed and we are into another week closer to New Year, where does this time go well we can't complain about it because we can not do anything to stop it so just go with the flow and enjoy like, I did on last Sunday passed, I took myself and some friends to Ballina town which is 35km from my home town of Byron Bay, Australia after having one of the best seafood lunches we took a walk along the pathway along side Ballina beach enjoying the breeze and burning of a few calories.
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 ;)