Hi there my Hivean friends and followers!
Welcome to the 25th 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.
Trees and some lush greenery reflecting in the Moravice River. I took this picture on Sunday while hiking around the Kruzberk area here in the Moravian - Silesian Region of the country. Many local hiking trails are unusually crowded these days because a lot of Czech people are afraid to visit foreign countries and they stay in their homeland instead. Still, however, you can find places with very few to no people at all if you know where to go ;)
In the last round, we had 5 participants. After some thorough consideration, I decided to pick these 3 winners:
@pradeepdee6 with this entry:
When Round 24 post was published, I was up on the terrace and trying to find a macro object to capture. And there was a surprise and colorful fly on our jasmine plant. Moved closer and slowly to capture the close ups of the beauty of nature ( her eyes ) Location: Harihar India ( Southern parts of India) and captured today. My entry for Appreciate beauty of nature Round 24.
@gingbabida with this entry:
We are already allowed to go to the park! Yey! And as you see, they are also people who are exercising--cycling, walking, and even zumba dancing (not in the picture). But really, the most amazing was the sunrise by the bay, and the cloud formation that welcomes the sun for a brand new day! 😍 Photo taken last July 24, 2020 at McArthur Park, Candahug, Palo, Leyte, Philippines.
@gabrielatravels with this entry:
Here's my entry for this week, nothing too special compared to the other entries but it's an important moment for me since my parents visited me and got to the mountains to enjoy a BBQ. Unfortunately the rain never stopped and we barely managed to make something but at least we filled our lungs with fresh air and great views :) Rășinari, 25 July
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!