Appreciate Beauty of Nature with @phortun: round 192
Hey there my Hive friends and followers!
Welcome to the 192nd 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. If you want to create a separate post as your entry, you can do that but please always remember to submit your entry in the form of a comment here in this post as well. I only check the entries submitted here as comments.
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. I also give some smaller upvotes on the other entries too so that all participants get rewarded for their engagement.
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:
First of all, my apologies again for the delay. I was extremely busy yesterday so I´m rolling out this round today on Friday instead Thursday when this challenge is usually hosted. Sorry about that. I hope that the picture that I got to take for this round will compensate for the little inconvenience though. It looks like a scene from New Zealand or Scotland or something but in fact, it was taken here in Prague, Czech Republic. Some local farmers cooperate with the Prague authorities and the result of their cooperation can be then enjoyed by the local residents who get to see these beautiful animals grazing and roaming freely around the hills, which is something that the city dwellers don´t get to experience very often :) Moreover, the sheep get some exercise and plenty of delicious and juicy food while doing the work that would otherwise have to be done by some mowing machines. Multiple win scenario if you ask me ;) I took the picture in the Prague neighborhood of Jinonice a couple of days ago.
In the last round, we had 12 participants. After some thorough consideration, I decided to pick these 3 winners:
@fantagira with this entry from the UK:
Hey you! Love the photo of the creek. I love taking pics from the low perspective too. They have so much charm. I’ve got the promised mushrooms for you this week. Took them a while to finally show up, but I managed to fill up my phone’s album for a few weeks of posting again. That’s in Lordswoods, England, UK.
@mipiano with this entry from Spain:
Hey there, @phortun :)) Hope you are doing well and calm, while waiting for the arrival of your baby, though I think the excitement is already on high levels :))) I saw & read your post the other day and I remembered when we talked about this challenge of yours in Krakow! I am not a photographer, neither this is pure nature what I will bring here, but just a tiny green thread passing through the little town where we live. I canceled a piano lesson today to stay at home but in the end I went to buy some ingredients for the lunch. I crossed one of the small bridges (as it would be a "river" actually - but dry) and tried to squeeze those tall palm trees into a photo. Taken in Albir, a small town on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
@onlavu with this entry from the Czech Republic:
A bit of hiking in the Jeseniky Mountains (Czechia) last Sunday. It was sunny but windy. The scenery shows the highest peak of the mountains, Praded (on the right), with the communication tower. Well known rock formation Petrovy kameny is also visible on the horizon.
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 ;)