RESULTS of MINI-CHALLENGE #287: Finding Joy in Nature (national and regional parkland)

StueveShotsStueveShots Major grinsPNW MountiansRegistered Users Posts: 542 Major grins
edited August 1, 2019 in The Dgrin Challenges

First, let me start by saying Hurrah! You've all added to my bucket list and my secret plan worked. :)

What beautiful shots everyone submitted. I'll take a quick moment to highlight my favorite from each set of submissions and then I'll list the winners.

  1. @Cavalier, the story behind the Lake Tenaya shot was absolutely fascinating...I shared it with my husband right away. What an amazing moment to have captured! Having said that, your Monument Valley shot is a beautiful photograph--I love the sense of scale the two human figures provides and the composition appealed to me. Well done!
  2. @slpollet, I remember that shot of your lovely daughter and I think it is great. But the Landscape Arch shot makes me want to walk right into my screen and follow your family down the trail. As I am from sagebrush country, I find the variety of soft greens and warm ochres so beautiful.
  3. @GrandmaR, I absolutely want to hear all about the Serengeti trip some day, but I love the kite-flying shot from the San Juan National Historic Site. I'm struck by the happen-stance that resulted in the crowd wearing such similar colors. It give the moment a cinematic feel, as if it had been art directed.
  4. @lkbart: All of these are wonderful, but once again I am drawn to the folks walking down the trail in the Rocky Mountain National Forest. I especially like the fact that you caught the woman with her hands outstretched a bit for balance. It gives the image a real sense of movement and joy.
  5. @DavidRGillespie: A glance through my galleries will show that I love silhouettes...but in this set, that shot of the canoeist on Isaac Lake is perfection. The bit of yellow and red gives the photo energy and the peacefulness of the silky water is just perfect.
  6. @Pegelli: Your photo of the woman overlooking the Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves is great. What lovely detail pops in that photo! It must bring you good memories.
  7. @bfluegie: I love this photo. The bright bit of pink on the delightful girl with her umbrella is just the touch of whimsy and joy that can energize a more standard landscape photo. What a fun capture!

Third place goes to Peter @pegelli

Second place goes to Barbara @bfluegie

And first place goes to David @DavidRGillespie

Congratulations, all! What fun! (And that was a lunch break well spent.)


  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 2,486 Major grins

    @StueveShots - thanks for the kind words for my entries and you did an outstanding job of selecting the winners! Congratulations to everyone and especially David for his amazing shot.

  • DavidRGillespieDavidRGillespie Chilliwack, British Columbia, CanadaRegistered Users Posts: 581 Many Grins
    edited August 2, 2019

    @StueveShots - Thank you for the kind comments and the first place. Congratulations to
    @pegelli and @bfluegie for third and second, and everyone for a great set of shots. As Eve said, my bucket list got longer.
    I will get the next mini up in a day or so :)

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 6,095 Major grins

    Wow, thanks for third place in such a very strong competition and also thanks for a great mini and all the detailed comments.

    Congrats to @DavidRGillespie for winning this mini with indeed a fantastic shot in which both the nature and people enjoying it "non destructively" oozes through in spades. And congrats to @bfluegie for also a great shot, the colour contrast between the person and the scene is indeed striking.

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,751 Major grins

    This was a really interesting mini. It made me look at my photos in a different way. I hadn't noticed the similarity in the clothing of the kite flyers until you mentioned it - thank you for that insight.

    The Tanzania photo was taken on a trip with my youngest granddaughter. I picked it mostly because I thought that maybe the enjoying part should show the face of the person and I just did not have many photos like that. If you want to read about it the story is here

    “" adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • lkbartlkbart Wandering in left field~ Derby, KansasRegistered Users Posts: 1,802 Major grins

    Great mini! Congrats to @DavidRGillespie on the win, and to @pegelli and @bfluegie for the places. Great comments & a great theme - lots of great photos!!

    A photograph is an artistic expression of life, captured one moment at a time . . .
  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaRegistered Users Posts: 552 Major grins

    @StueveShots, thank you for a wonderful challenge and thanks also for selecting my photo for second place. Congrats to @pegelli and especially to @DavidRGillespie for the win. I really want to go canoeing there 🙂. What an amazing scene. I also have expanded my travel bucket list.

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