Hi there my Hivean friends and followers!
Welcome to the 143rd 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:
Last weekend, we went to explore the famous Brevnov Monastery here in Prague, Czech Republic and while the monastery itself was really amazing and you can surely expect a post about it here on my Hive blog soon, I actually also enjoyed the nearby park with this picturesque little lake called Marketa. It was mostly cloudy that day but I waited for this shiny moment when the sun peeked through the clouds to light up the lake scenery and this is what I got :) Pretty happy with the result. Image taken in front of the monastery in the afternoon last Saturday.
In the last round, we had 12 participants. After some thorough consideration, I decided to pick these 3 winners:
@roronoa46 with this entry from Indonesia:
Hi @phortun, this is my first entry for this contest, this photo I took earlier while visiting a café in the mountainous area of my area, the ongoing rainy season may be the main cause of the formation of this beautiful fog, the fog seems to envelop almost the entire mountainous area and succeeds in creating an extraordinary natural beauty. This is some other pictures that I also got in the same location, and in the next post I will also share some other moments that also concern about nature, that's all and thank you, I took this photo Saturday afternoon on 2022-11-05 in D'Ground Puncak Kopi, Aceh, Indonesia.
@stayoutoftherz with this entry from Austria:
Hi, this photo is from today, at a small river called Mauerbach close where I live in Vienna, Austria. I like that it has so many different views during it´s way until he merges to the bigger "Wienfluss". And of course each season has it´s special charme.
@kellyane with this entry from the Philippines:
Congratulations to @onlavu for the stunning photograph of the sea of clouds and to @gornat for the lovely photo of the flower and butterfly. Thank you @phortun for initiating this wonderful weekly photo challenge. Here's my entry for this week's round from the beautiful country Philippines. I took this photo in Siaton, Negros Oriental yesterday. This is located in a secluded area and there are 2 ways to get there. The easiest way is to ride a pumpboat however, we left no option as there's no available boat who can convey us to turtle island. We took the other way where we walk around 2 kilometers to get there. Since we don't have a choice of course we walked. It's not that far but enough to get us sweat. I was curious how this turtle island looks like. Is it nice? I asked myself but when we arrived at the area the scenery didn't disappoint me. It is like a little paradise. The place is quiet and if you're seeking tranquility, I'm sure you can find it here.
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!
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