Amazing Nature Contest - February 2020 - #03 - Closed

in Amazing Nature2 years ago (edited)

Hello Nature Lovers !


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 🦢.


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 ^^


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 @annephilbrick.

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 ^^



The winner of this week is our all time nature lover @annephilbrick with her Eastern Grey Squirrel. She is a big fan of those little fur balls, as I am too, and is amazed every time that she observes those swiftly climbing way high up into the trees tops, crossing over on branches and boughs from one tree to another and then leaping over great distance, making it look so easy and effortless. The Grey's that she presents us here are very intelligent and even brake into birdfeeders that were designed and claimed to be squirrel-proof. They are professional hoarders of food, but contrary to other squirrels they are also thieves that are stealing food that other squirrels have hoarded and hidden away. These Grey Squirrels can smell seeds and nuts beneath a foot of snow. Thank you very much for another great entry from you. It is always a pleasure to have you entered ^^



Here we have an entry from @farm-mom. She is new to the contest, a great blogger about nature and also fan of @melinda010100's #featheredfriends. She entered with a post about a three hour cruise down the Peace river in Punta Gorda, Florida. On the tour they encountered dolphins flipping and diving in and out of the water in hot pursuit of the vessel. On the picture here you can see amother and baby, swimming along side each other. She is also showing us some nice impressions of the mangroves, a dense mass of tropical maritime trees or shrubs that send out prop roots to form important coastal land that are foundations of unique ecosystems, and which is the home to so many different kinds of birds. Thank you for putting this post about your tour into the #amazingnature contest!



Our third participant that receives a winning place this week is @julianhorack. He is a "consciousness explorer, vegetarian and trained Vedanta philosopher" from the Garden Route in South Africa. His blog is an excellent nature related one that is full of beautiful philosophy, great to read, and reminds me on other philosophical touched entries like we are used from @kaminchan and @mysteriousroad. His entry for this week is about the cliff edges of the south Cape coast of Africa, a very fertile region rich in vegetation. This so-called Garden Route was devastated by a fire two years ago, the worst in 150 years, which destroyed over 1000 houses. In his entry he perfectly remindes us that although nature sustains us, she is also “red in tooth and claw” that can also take away life just as easily and is capable of unleashing sheer forces and powers of utterly destruction. He combines this great text with a beautiful photo of a free-range horse in front of the burned remains of the trees. The horse is bowing, as if in submission to the power of nature coast. "We are all at the mercy of nature, and if she wants to then she can give life and take it away." Thank you vert much for your first entry with that outstanding entry and reminder about the powers of Mother Nature ;)





















This weeks feature is about @nightportraits, a amateur photographer from spain. The focus in thi blog is on nature photography, especially about capturing beautiful landscapes. You will also find some monochromes in there and other nature related motives such as animals or nature portraits. He is also a member of DNA ^^




DNA - Densifying Nature-Appreciation:


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"


Steem Terminal Discord:


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


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"


Amazing Nature Community:


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:


Currently I have 39 Nature Lovers on my autovote, which is set to 20% for 1 daily upvote at the moment. I still reserve some voting power for manual curating when needed. In addition the voting trail also incluedes 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 @dzoji @elkezaksek @ellenripley @engrsayful @farm-mom @haastrecht @gingbabida @hangin @iamraincrystal @ireenchew @irvet @isabelpena @joanstewart @joebtc @johannpiber @julianhorack @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.



Best wishes,


Hey @adalger! 😀

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If it might interest you, we have also prepared a dedicated channel for you (to share posts or whatever you might want) in our Discord server.

Keep up the amazing work and hopefully we can work together in the future. 😃


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Thank you @annephilbrick for your entry about your own grown gigantic sunflowers ^^

Thank You !!!

Wow! Thank you for the Honorable Mention. 😍😍 I'm not expecting it.

You are welcome ^^ .. Thank you for your entry, hehe ;)

It's my pleasure! 😊

Congrats to the winners - That squirrel is so super cute :)

Oh yes, it is ^^ squirrel are my favorites and I am glad that I received such an entry ;)

Thank You !!!
@adalger and the DNA Community...!!!!!!!!!
I was most surprised and amazed to see my Squirrel looking at me this morning on my Steemit feed ...🤗😍 !!!
I truly enjoy seeing the fantastic and informative entries every from everyone.
Congratulations everyone 😊 !

This was really an excellent post @annephilbrick and I am happy that your post was chosen, with an majority of the votes by the way ^^ .. I love squirrels and your post was such a great and informative one. You really deserved your winning place and I amllooking forward for more ;)

Thank You..!!
🏞🤗 Amazing Nature🌲🍁🦉

Thank You..!!!

Congratulations to the winners for great shots :-).
Thanks for placing in honorable mention.

Glad to be able to put yiu in there ^^ It is also great that you jouned DNA.. It is a suiting place for you I believe ;)

It's my pleasure. Hopefully I will not miss the vote for great photos of others :-)

Fantastic entries, very well deserved first place for @annephilbrick, thst squirrel is so adorable 😀🐿

Oh yes, absolutely well deserved ^^ great and informative post ;)

Congratulations to winners amazing nature sharing!

It was another great week, hehe ^^ .. I am so happy tgat tge amazing nature community is growing bigger and bigger every week ;)

Today I saw the almond tree blooming, early enough, but spring is here.

Wow that was quick @nelinoeva ^^ .. Thank you very much for your next entry ;)

I did not want to miss again to submit my post. Besides the first blossoms are worth sharing right away.

Hehe ^^ you do not need to participate every week, but every time you do I am really happy about ut, hehe;)

Aww, this is so nice of you. 😀

Hey many thanks for the kind words here, amazing entries.

I am glad that you like it ^^ you are always welcome to enter again whenever you want. I really enjoyed your great text. Please go on like this ;)

Hey there @porters ^^

I posted your entry from last week into this weeks contest ;) .. It is such a nice one and it deserves an entry ^^

Best wishes,

Hey @adalger! Here is my entry!! I think I followed all the rules. If I missed something please do let me know.

Thank you very much for this entry @derekrichardson! It is such an amazing mountain adventure ^^ .. This makes me totally jealous ;) .. By the way, the entry looks perfectly fine. Thank you also for using the hive for this ^^

Thank you fot the entry from the Sajek Valley. It is really a nice viev from one of the tallest mountains in Bangladesh ^^

Congratulations to the winners! The photography by @annephilbrick of that cute squirrel is amazing! Thanks so much @adalger for the honorable mention. : ) Here is my entry for this week:

Thank you for another nice entry about insect mating ^^ .. This is a really great idea for a series ;)

Thanks so much for your support @adalger and I am glad you like my series. : )

Here is my entry
Click on the gif to go to the article :-)

Thank you very much for another nice entry from you @bucipuci.. Great to see you entering with a gjf this time, hehe ^^

I do everything a little different :-). Thanks.

Hey there Nature Lovers ^^

Thank you very much for your great entries! I also thank everyone for your amazing support to the contest. Lets start a new week now ;) .. This said I wish you all a great week out there with all the beautiful nature around you ^^

Best wishes,

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Wow! Thank you vert much for this amazing entry! It is a wgole metamorphosis cycle.. Beautiful ;)

Hello there @adalger, so happy to be in the winner's circle with such great artists.
I really enjoy all the nature pix.
Thanks for this wonderful space to share #amazingnature.

You are very welcome ^^ Thank you for your nice tour in Florida! If you ever like to enter again I would be really happy about it. Also the community is always open for any post about the amazing nature around you ;) .. I wish you a great week @farm-mom !

Hey there @antoniarhuiz ^^ .. Thank you for finding and participating in the contest ;) .. It is a scary tree you were choosing for your entry!

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Hey there ^^ thank you for your entry :)

Thank you 😊

Here we have a post by the fabulous @brittandjosie ^^

Spring has finally arrived and she shares some nice snowdrops with us. Please enjoy them ;)


I have tried to enter but I can't figure out the tags now though, I put amazing nature first but it isn't showing up under amazing nature. It would only let me post to the feather friends community, it wouldn't let me select another from the compose post screen, but I am guessing I need permission? I used amazing nature as the first tag but I don't think it worked, it's not showing under amazing nature, but it's not showing up on my profile either, I copied the link when it first posted and the link still works. I am not sure where the post has gone though.

Hey there @letalis-laetitia ^^ First of all, thank you for you entry to the contest ^^ .. I looked up the problem and tried to find out what happened.. The communities are official now which creates some confusion!.. You used the hive-tag for the Feathered Friends" community, which directly puts you entry there. If you would have used the "Amazing Nature" hive-tag it would have been landed in the Amazing Nature Community instead. It would have also been landed in the Amazing Nature Community if you directly posted it into the community. It has nothing to do with permissions.. I am not sure if it is possible to use both tags to enter a post in two communities by using two different hive-tags. The normal tags seem to have changed now too and hive-tags seem to be prioratized over other tags. The whole community system is very new, but I try to figure it out until the next contest announcement on sunday. I will have to do some in depth research on it to adapt the contest rules ^^ But dont worry, as everything changes I will not judge validation of entries by those confusing things

Thank you for getting back to me. I didn't use any feather friends tags, it did say FeatheredFriends at the top left of the draft, but there was no way to select another community instead. I tried to use the hive tag that it says to use in this post but I got an error message saying I had to use the FeatherFriends one, so I didn't use either hive tag. When I click the new post on my profile (image to show i'm clicking in the right place)


It automatically wants to post to that community


I'm sure i'll figure it out eventually, thank you for the understanding :)

Here I found an entry fro @ireenchew about an amazing sunset behind palm trees from the Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, Vietnam ^^

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Please enjoy it ^^

Hello, fascinating the world of nature and its kindness, I make my first participation. Greetings and thank you.

Hey there @belkisa758 ^^ .. Thank you very much for your first entry into the contest with this little butterfly and also for your kind words in the beginning ;) .. Welcome to the amazing nature community ^^

Thank you for your super cute entry of the Russian Koala ;)

This really is one of the most beautiful squirrels I know ^^ .. I directly want to cuddle it ;)

Wonderful entries. Thanks so much for the honourable mention. 😊

Hehe ^^ .. I have to thank you @redheadpei for nearly entering evert time, so that I can write your name, hehe ;) .. I wish you an amazing weekend!

Thanks @adalger. Have a awesome weekend, 😊


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,

Hey there @mllg ^^ .. Thank you very much for your entry to the contest! I am always happy about any new participant .. Unfortunately the voting already started and a lot of emojies are already distributed :( .. But if you like I can put your entry into next week round. Otherwise I will keep you in this weeks round and you can submit a new one next week. Tell me what suits you more ^^ .. I wish you a great weekend!

Thanks a lot @adalger for your kindly words.
Please tell me what day I had to submit the new one, in order to arrive on time.
I wish you a great weekend too!!
ARe you celebrating carnival?

Hehe yes, I am celebrating Carnival here ^^ .. But as a father this looks so completely different from when I still was a youngster, hahaha ;) .. As sunday and Fridays is only kind of half an entry dsy, the best period of time for an submission would be from monday to thursday ^^.. Wish you a nice #caturday 👋

So beautiful that I will graciously leave to come in next week if God permits. Thank you @adalger.

Ohh ^^ .. That sounds great! I am already looking forward to it ;)

Thank you very much @adalger, it is a pleasure to be part of this project...

You are welcome ^^ .. It was also a pleasure to put you into the features this time, hehe ;)

Hi @adalger i am not sure if i have done this right or if i am on time with this post but i will submit it to you and see how we go. Thanks @adalger

My love of Monkeys !!


Hey there @hangin ! You did it all right with the post so far, even put it into the community, added a nice link with a picture here and more ^^ .. But unfortunately you missed the entry into the voting window :( .. I always close the entry window during friday and put the entries to voting for 24h .. I always post a closing comment here, and from this week on I also edit the title of the contest and add a -closed to it. But you have such a great post and if you like you can add it into the next round of the contest. You are already tagged in the participants list so you will be notified. Also the newest announcement (sunday) will be always pinned to the community too ^^ .. Nics to see you around again ;)

Thanks @adalger not a problem i was wondering what - closed meant when i saw it on your post but now i known if i don't enter this post i will do another one before Friday next week...Cheers have a great weekend 👍