Amazing Nature Contest - February 2020 - #02

in hive-127788 •  2 months ago 

Hello Nature Lovers !

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I would like to cordially invite you to another great week of the Amazing Nature Contest. There were already so many excellent entries regarding how amazing nature can be in the past episodes, thanks to all of you, but there is still so much more to see! ^^ To participate in #amazingnature just create a post that shows how amazing nature is for you personally. This can be anything from a beautiful flower or animal to an astonishing sunset.

What is the Purpose of the Contest ?

I am a huge lover of nature and really enjoy to take pictures of all the lovely things that surround me every day, no matter if those are plants, animals or landscapes. I found Steemit to be a brilliant place to find and watch nature pictures from all over the world. There is such a diversity of great content out there, thanks to all of you, from different perspectives and out of various motivations. I would like to collect all those beautiful snapshots and their amazing stories in a weekly compilation so that you can all benefit from the beauty that we are facing all the time, but so often are not able to appreciate in the modern times we are living in.

This #amazingnature contest is at home in DNA, a organization run by people for the people, with the aim to foster and densify nature-appreciation in the blockchain. DNA is also the home of the #featheredfriends hosted by amazing @melinda010100 🦢.


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Contest Rules :

  • Use #amazingnature as FIRST TAG and CLEARLY MENTION that your post is an ENTRY for this contest.
  • As an ALTERNATIVE you can use the #hive-127788 TAG prior to #amazingnature as the first one. It is the tag of the AMAZING NATURE community.
  • All pictures have to be your own. You can use the amazing nature banner if you like or create your own.
  • STATE IN THE TEXT why those pictures are representing YOUR AMAZING NATURE. This is an essential part of this contest.
  • Drop the LINK to your post IN THE COMMENTS. You can add a picture if you like. It is NECESSARY as I have to post a link in Discord on Friday, 5 days later for voting and also for my own compiling purposes.
  • The entry window is open for ~ 5 DAYS. Watch out for my FINAL CLOSING COMMENT!

If you miss the entry, please wait for the next round. As I have to work and also a family to manage, there are no fixed UTC times and the window can open in a wide range between 10 am - 10 pm and therfore also close accordingly ^^

Possible Topics :

As nature covers an incredible wide range there is really anything possible. Amazing Natures categories could be anything from the following topics:

  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Geology
  • Landscapes
  • Philosophy
  • ... Surprise us ^^

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Prizes to Win :

  • 1st Place : 3 SBI
  • 2nd Place : 2 SBI
  • 3rd Place : 1 SBI

I will always try my best to link and present all participants of Amazing Nature in the entries section of the announcement posts that will be published roughly one week later on Sunday (depending on my time schedule this may shift some time ^^). This way you will have a nice compilation of them all. As an special feature, the new title picture of the contest will be created from the entry of the contest winner. This time it is from @whatisnew.

How are the Winners choosen ?

The voting for the winners will be done by the whole DNA community. Therefore we created a special contest channel in the DNA Discord (Amazing Nature Contest). Here I will post the announcement post including the winners (Announcements) EACH SUNDAY together with all your entries (Entries) EACH FRIDAY. Every member of DNA will be able to assign "voting emojies" under the entries for 24 HOURS and in the end those three with the most of them are the lucky winners. This I hope should lead to a more objective consideration than just involving myself as a judge. I will engage as a judge in case of a draw ^^


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THIS WEEKS WINNERS


The winner of this weeks contest with her very first entry is @whatisnew. She is a huge fan of cats, dogs and nature in general and you can find a lot of great posts in her blog regarding those topics. For this week she entered with something amazing, a pregnant praying mantis ^^ .. She found her laying on the sidewalk motionless, but in the end she was only sleeping and after waking up slowly she started to move away. In addition the post is full of intetesting and informative facts about the mantis in general and I can highly recommend a read if you always wanted to know more about this beautiful insect. I am glad that you found out about our little community ;)





@whatisnew


This nice series of great crocodile photography here was submitted by the great @melinda010100, host of the #featheredfriends. She took those pictures from the safety of her car window in Georgia in the USA, while she was on a 4 mile auto tour through the Savanah Wildlife Refuge. In a total of nine pictures that she presents to us, she shows crocodiles in varies sizes, positions and locations. Her pictures are really beautiful and leave an impression of quite dangerous reptiles. Thank you for those great pictures showing a wide range of those majestic and ancient reptiles ^^


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Here we have the entry from @barbara-orenya, a joyful french artist fron France who creates extremely beautiful and cheerful drawings. I really like those and my son loves them. Sometimes she combines her art with some real animal photography like I saw her doing it with snail once ;) .. It is her second entry to the contest and this week she shows us this nice duo, consisting of a white horse and a brown donkey. She was so lucky that those curious animals approached her and posed in front of the beautiful mountain region of Haute-Savoie in France. These picture series by her is very beautiful, with a nice setting and full of nice contrasts that are really fun to watch. Thank you very much for this entry ^^


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@barbara-orenya


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HONORABLE MENTIONS



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@annephilbrick





@alexanderfluke



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@seadbeady





@manuelramos



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@mers



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@engrsayful



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@kamrunnahar



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@offgridlife



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@brittandjosie



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@nelinoeva



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@isabelpena



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@haastrecht



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@akinome



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@mariacaffrey


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FEATURING


Todays feature is about @lesmann. He describes himself as an lover of "Art, Spirituality, & Living Philosophy". Also you can find photos of animals and plants amongst his blog, his focus is on abstract art, as you can see in the two example pictures from his blog that I show you here. I have to admit that I am not an expert in art, especially not abstract one. But it is an interesting perspective and motivation to reflect about nature and as there are some art lovers amongst the Amazing Nature community too, I hope that some of you may find this steemians blog very interesting ^^


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@lesmann


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DNA - Densifying Nature-Appreciation:

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DNA is an organization, managed by @medro-martin, to foster and DENSIFY NATURE-APPRECIATION which aims to establish REPORTS OF BIODIVERSITY DATA that is contributed by all of us Steemians and subsequently cataloged.

Therefore DNA searches for HIGH-QUALITY posts that aim to DESCRIBE and determine the BIODIVERSITY AROUND YOU with added EXPLANATIONS and INFORMATIONS. For these informative posts they offer a CURATION SERVICE using the @dna.steem account. It is also a CURATION TRAIL.

At the moment DNA is also the home of the #amazingnature contest for all your post about the amazing nature all around us and also the home of the #featheredfriends hosted by the lovely @melinda010100 🦢 for all you great posts about our feathered friends ^^ But we hope that more nature related communities will join, or maybe some Steemians start their own little project there ;) .. Maybe even you?

If you are INTERESTED in DNA, please do not hesitate to ask about it, or directly JOIN US in the DNA DISCORD ;)


"By The People, For The People"


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Steem Terminal Discord:

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There is another initiative here on Steem that I would like to bring close to you as I absolutely love them, the Steem Terminal:

STEEM TERMINAL DISCORD

It is a great location for LEARNING ABOUT STEEM, Discord, and Steem-related communities, full of nice people that you may ask if you need ASSISTANCE, with nearly everything ^^ You will find documents to assist you, a place to learn and practice, and find out about the many opportunities to form CONNECTIONS with other Steemians.

It also host the REDFISH RALLY, a funny challenge for all those that are new here to the world of Steem. The Terminal also hosts the HEYHAVEYAMET project by @heyhaveyamet, which introduces all new steemians on a daily basis, so that you don't have to search for them ^^

So why not joining us in the STEEM TERMINAL DISCORD? You will not regret it ^^


"Your one-stop location for learning about destinations in the Steem blockchain and Discord"


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Amazing Nature Community:

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You all asked for one and here it is, the Amazing Nature Community. It is dedicated to all you Nature Lovers out there, no matter if Zoology, Botany, Landscapes or Philosophy ^^ You will also find many entries to the contest in there. It has the #hive-127788 tag and you can find it here:

AMAZING NATURE COMMUNITY

Currently I have 38 Nature Lovers on my autovote, which is set to 23% for 1 daily upvote at the moment. I reserve some voting power for manual curating. In addition the voting trail also includes 100% votes on dna, steemterminal and heyhaveyamet as I support all three projects.

Previous Participants :

I thank all of you who participated and voted this week and hope that you enjoyed the Amazing Nature Contest. I am looking forward to more excellent content every week ^^. Of course this format is open for all kind of critics that can increase the quality of the contest and I am always happy about anyone who wants to join us on this little adventure.

@akinome @alexanderfluke @alinix @annamarina @annephilbrick @apnigrich @artofwisdom @angelro @atomcollector @bahttg @bigsambucca @brittandjosie @bucipuci @careassaktart @cocolefleur @davidesimoncini @dkkarolien @elkezaksek @ellenripley @engrsayful @haastrecht @hangin @iamraincrystal @ireenchew @irvet @isabelpena @joanstewart @joebtc @johannpiber @justclickindiva @kamrunnahar @karbon @kheys @lighteye @leslierevales @manojbhatt @manuelramos @mariacaffrey @melinda010100 @mers @mintymile @misschance @molometer @myjob @mysteriousroad @nelinoeva @nilom @ninahaskin @offgridlife @paradigm42 @phortun @qwerrie @redheadpei @sarimanok @sayee @sallybeth23 @seadbeady @s3rg3 @theoctoberwind @thesobuz @travelsbyblue @trincowski @viking-ventures @whatisnew @wongbraling

If you want me to take you out of the list, or if you don't want your picture, in the case you are the winner, to be used as a new title picture, just let me know about it in the comments.

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Best wishes,
Adalger

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Thank you so much for this super cute entry @annephilbrick ^^ .. You for sure know my most beloved animal of all others ;)

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Thank You..!! and your most welcome...🤗.
They really are cute and have a lot of personality too.
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Nice! Waiting for nice posts!

Hehe, there are already some great ones here @kaminchan.. And still some time for the entry window ^^

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Congratulations to all the winners...🍃🐢.. !!! Fantastic 😊🙂..!!
Thank you for the honorable mention ..
Amazing Nature 💕

You are always welcome @annephilbrick ^^ this was an amazing tour through the marshes!

😊🐛..!!

🛶 ^^

Thank you for your support🌻

Always a pleasure ^^ I can not await your next series of photography. They always look so well done, no matter if beautiful ice captures or even oranges or lipsticks, hehe ;)

Congrats to all winners and thank you @adalger for having this fun contest.

I am glad that you like it ^^ .. Thank you for you participation with your sun flooded tree. I hope to see you more often around ;)

Yeah, sure I´ll be sending my entry again soon.... Thanks!

I love praying grasshopper photos

Hehe, this one was a really great post indeed ^^

Wow! What a beautiful selection of winners!!! Congratulations everyone.

Here is my entry:

https://esteem.app/amazingnature/@gingbabida/gorgeous-sunset

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Thank you.

Thank you very much for your entry to the contest. I am glad you found your way to us ^^ .. Those are really some amazing sunsets that you are showing there :)

Wow! What a wonderful surprise. Thanks to all in the community who voted and congratulations to the winners. All of the entries have amazing nature photos.
I just wanted you to know that I am unable to be involved in the voting process because I can't be on Discord due to permanent retina damage. That and being on Discord gives me severe migraines that last for days. I apologize for not being able to vote. Thanks so much for hosting this amazing nature contest @adalger. My entry will be in tomorrow. : )

It was really an amazing post @whatisnew ! I already hope for more great posts from you ^^ .. ActivI am sorrytto hear about your eyes :( .. But don't worry! Votive is actually not necessary as there are always some people eager to vote, but it is an additional bonus for those who like to ;) .. But I hope to see far more beautiful entries from you if you can manage it ^^

Hi @adalger! Thanks for understanding. Here is my entry for this week. It is the first of my "Insect Mating Pair Series."
https://steemit.com/hive-127788/@whatisnew/amazing-nature-insect-mating-pairs-part-one-red-milkweed-beetle

Hey there @whatisnew ^^ Thank you for this amazing entry. You always show such beautiful ones, full of information.. and insect mating is a cool topic, hehe

Thanks so much for your nice compliment @adalger. Glad you like the topic. LOL!

Thank you for your entry about the dove ^^

Thank you very much ;)

Oooh thank you much @adalger, thank you for them, these two lovely chaps I had the chance to capture in a beautiful field 😉
a2xhmx.png to the winners, mentions and to all participants ! Keep on all posting beautiful nature pictures !

Hehe, I am glad you are so happy about being nominated in the winners row ^^ Those two really posed for you that day ;) .. I wish you a nice week @barbara-orenya !

congrats to the winners - tx for the honorable mention :)

You are welcome @seadbeady ^^ .. Thank you very much for your cute baboons ;)

Great to find your challenge, many thanks. I will compile an entry...

Yeah, a new nature lover found its way to us ^^ .. Welcome!

Yes indeed, great to find you, I feel I belong here with all the nature lovers. Here is my entry: https://steempeak.com/@julianhorack/amazingnature-photo-competition-entry-nature-gives-and-also-takes-away.

Thank you for your nice entry @julianhorack ^^ .. From the first look on the already great title picture I wouldn't believe that there is even a greater write up behind it ;)

Thank you @adalger I write from a balanced combination of heart and mind as much as possible.

Actually this contest is not here for showing off beautiful pictures, but to state the own personal amazing nature around you!.. I know that voting sometimes is favored by a great title picture, but "your balanced combination of heart and mind" regarding nature around you is actually exactly what I am looking for! .. Please go on like this, your posts are great ^^ .. By the way, I am going to put you on the autovote as your blog is a great amazing nation blog @julianhorack ;)

Thanks for another entry @haastrecht ^^ .. Looks great even without the light on a foggy day ;)

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you for the honorable mention! Greetings!

Hey there ^^ thank you for entering the contest with your lizard. You are always welcome to enter again ;)

Hey there @redheadpei ^^.. I post your entry from last week into this one here.. I am a bit jealous as I always wanted to try blueberry pancakes and never got some, but your wildlife is so lucky to have you cook it for them, hehe ;)

https://steemit.com/hive-127788/@redheadpei/amazing-nature-mornings-in-the-snow

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Thank you for another entry @bucipuci.. I am sorry to hear that the storm ripped out some of your old friends in the forrest. But mother narure is a constant circle of renewal and there is already a new generation there soon I hope ^^

Mother Nature is powerful and I bow to her wisdom.

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Thank you very much for another delicious cake ^^

Congratulations to the winners :-)

Hey there @bucipuci ^^ nice to see that you stopped by again. Therecare some amazing entries this week which a really worth a read ;)

I was busy last week. Hopefully I will make a contribution to the next round :-)

Hehe, dont rush yourself ^^ Your entries always have such a beautiful message in it, I am looking forward to it ;)

I will care about it :-)

Thanks for this great macro photography entry of a flower from various perspectives ^^ That for sure is something that you do not see with the normal eye while walking through nature :)

Congratulations to all the winners :)

Interesting photos!

Some really great pictures, just awesome.
Nice job @adalger with this project.
Here is my entry in the #amazingnature contest.
https://steemit.com/amazingnature/@farm-mom/a-cruise-to-the-peace-river

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Thank you for your entry ^^ .. It looks like a great tour through Floridas nature ;)

Thank you for joining the contest with your great bee macro ^^

HEY THERE EVERYONE !


I am CLOSING the ENTRY window now

The VOTING will START in the DNA DISCORD soon ^^


Thank you all for participating this week ;)

Best wishes,
Adalger

Congratulations to last week's winners & good luck to everyone participating in this week's contest! Time to vote! 🗳

Nice selection and congrats to all.

Hi @adalger please enter this post #amazingnature contest. I thought it was a fantastic view of nature at it's very best.
Such a great project, just love nature.
https://steemit.com/amazingnature/@thebigsweed/daffy-ducks-double-vision

Hey tgee @farm-mom ^^ .. Unfortunately the entry window was already closed for entering this week, but If you like you could enter it into the next one. I will publish the next announcement post later today

Hey there @adalger, thanks for the heads up, I will pay closer attention to the deadline. Sorry to confuse you. I think you are doing a great job, even though life is so busy for you.
Keep up the great work.☺

Hey there @porters!.. Unfortunately you are a bit to late for the entry to the contest. But your blog is amazing and absolutely fits into amazing nature, thank you by the way for using the community tag! You are an enrichment for this little community ;) .. I would like to post your entry for the next round of the contest that will start later today when I publish the next contest announcement post. It is such a beautiful entry ^^ .. I hope that you will stick here with us and I am looking forward to many great entries by you in the future! You are also a great candidate for my nature autovote ^^