Hi there my Hivean friends and followers!
Welcome to the 44th 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:
Nothing really fancy today, just this simple shot of a bunch of curious swans floating on the muddy Wisla River here in Krakow, Poland on a dull chilly afternoon a few days ago. It´s interesting though how many different bird species live together peacefully in the river. Besides the swans, there are also ducks, gulls and even cormorants occupying this area. People often feed the birds old bread (which I have heard is not good for them by the way) so most of the feathered fellas are very tame and don´t mind the human presence at all.
In the last round, we had 6 participants. After some thorough consideration, I decided to pick these 3 winners:
@bucipuci with this entry:
I missed your challenge twice. It's time to add some picture :-) Yesterday (December 9) I drove around the Orlík dam in the morning. The sun was just rising, trying to break through the haze over the water and the nearby forests. I had to stop to take a picture of this scenery :-)
@lesmann with this entry:
Hello There! I wanted to enter this photo, which l will admit I used a filter on. Now that's out of the way, this is a photo I took a day ago at a local Marina where I work. It was just at after Sunrise and I noticed the water was "flat" so I took a few shots. The bird in the lower right is one of the local Herons (lots here) feeding on bait fish, probably "Mud Minnows". Thanks for Viewing and have a Great Weekend! Photo taken in Corpus Christi, Texas.
@loulou1987 with this entry:
This photo was taken just few hours ago, it is one of the views from Ondrejnik mountain. As it was all the day foggy in the city, I needed to check how that looks from the mountain :)
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!