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Nature: Weekly Photography Challenge

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Earlier today we published the first of two posts in a series on Wildlife photography so thought this week we might give you an opportunity to practice the tips in it by making our challenge on the topic of ‘Nature’.

It is a little broader than ‘wildlife’ because not every dPS reader is in a position to photograph animals in the coming week but if you’re able to we’d love to see what you can do.

Feel free to photograph any aspect of nature you like. It could be some macro photography of flowers or insects in your back yard, you might want to get out to the beach and do some seascapes or shoot a sunset, you might find yourself drawn to the countryside for some landscapes or you might head to the zoo for some zoo photography!

It is totally up to you.

Once you’ve created your Nature upload it to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to it or – embed it in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSNATURE to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the images posted in our last challenge – Diptych challenge where there were some great images submitted.

Read more from our Tips & Tutorials category.

Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Andre Favron

    There are some truly beautiful photos here and I hope mine is worthy of being seen with them. I took this photo by setting up the capture when I saw the two babies sleeping; I then gently tapped on the nest to awaken them knowing that their first response would be to expect a feeding from their mom. I hope you enjoy :-

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8544260276_c3b4c24ca2_m.jpg

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony-bryan/ Tony Bryan

    These are two of the photos I took at my local Safari park last week with my new telephoto.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony-bryan/ Tony Bryan

    These are two of the photos I took last week at my local safari park with my new telephoto lens.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony-bryan/

  • Lori McCraney
  • Marge Wakefield

    A test to see if I know how to do this

  • Kyle
  • http://www.duncansphotography.co.uk Duncan

    I need some expert critique on my photographs and i hope that some of you guys maybe have a look and tell me what you think….Thanks for any help you can share.

    Duncan

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/vtabbey/8556715956/in/photostream Abbigail

    Wild mushroom on the beach.

  • Tasi

    [eimg url='http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/553194_4871923354937_559860654_n.jpg' title='553194_4871923354937_559860654_n.jpg']

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/94183435@N03/ Sagar

    This is the photo I have taken during my Trip to Hill station in the rainy morning

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/poojamadan/ Pooja M (Optimisme)
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/poojamadan/ Pooja M (Optimisme)
  • Torrie

    Took this photo in the creek.

  • Torrie

    took this photo in the creek

  • Torrie

    Took this photo in the creek.

  • torrie

    Hackberry butterfly on a bush.

  • Torrie

    Hackberry butterfly on a bush in early fall.

Some older comments

  • Pooja M (Optimisme)

    May 1, 2013 09:23 am

    Another one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/poojamadan/8694002347/

  • Pooja M (Optimisme)

    May 1, 2013 09:22 am

    Here is my submission,

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/poojamadan/8694578382/

  • Sagar

    March 20, 2013 01:43 am

    This is the photo I have taken during my Trip to Hill station in the rainy morning

  • Tasi

    March 15, 2013 11:00 pm

    [eimg url='http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/553194_4871923354937_559860654_n.jpg' title='553194_4871923354937_559860654_n.jpg']

  • Abbigail

    March 14, 2013 03:21 pm

    Wild mushroom on the beach.

  • Duncan

    March 14, 2013 06:10 am

    I need some expert critique on my photographs and i hope that some of you guys maybe have a look and tell me what you think....Thanks for any help you can share.

    Duncan

  • Kyle

    March 13, 2013 07:05 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/93925449@N04/8543728268/in/photostream

  • Marge Wakefield

    March 13, 2013 06:55 am

    A test to see if I know how to do this

  • Lori McCraney

    March 12, 2013 12:19 pm

    Atamasco Lily (Florida native wildflower)
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=538563902855575&set=a.136641896381113.23365.100001059099335&type=3&theater

  • Tony Bryan

    March 12, 2013 08:04 am

    These are two of the photos I took last week at my local safari park with my new telephoto lens.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony-bryan/

  • Tony Bryan

    March 12, 2013 07:53 am

    These are two of the photos I took at my local Safari park last week with my new telephoto.

  • Andre Favron

    March 11, 2013 04:51 am

    There are some truly beautiful photos here and I hope mine is worthy of being seen with them. I took this photo by setting up the capture when I saw the two babies sleeping; I then gently tapped on the nest to awaken them knowing that their first response would be to expect a feeding from their mom. I hope you enjoy :-

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8544260276_c3b4c24ca2_m.jpg

  • Duncan

    March 10, 2013 07:37 am

    Some great photos, well done!

  • NILESH MANE

    March 10, 2013 02:07 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/93912079@N04/

  • Mohammed Abdin

    March 9, 2013 07:31 pm

    In the beauty of nature lies the spirit of HOPE
    http://500px.com/photo/16768239

  • Kiwi Gal

    March 9, 2013 12:58 pm

    Owl
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/93293124@N07/8541099414/in/photostream

    Butterfly
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/93293124@N07/8539997031/in/photostream/

  • Lori

    March 9, 2013 11:13 am

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=341505485941349&set=a.341505482608016.80209.111499508941949&type=3&theater

  • tgreene

    March 9, 2013 11:07 am

    A bird in the hand is worth 3 in the bush.
    http://i417.photobucket.com/albums/pp259/flowerfriend/Birds/3whitecrownsparrows.jpg

  • Richard Lemmer

    March 9, 2013 10:09 am

  • Gary Paakkonen

    March 9, 2013 05:05 am

    http://www.garypaakkonen.com/Places/Canadian-Prairies/The-Farm/i-Cn7QTNn/0/X2/20130223-_GPP5701-X2.jpg
    A winter shot of my side yard and trees backlit by the sun

  • Michael Holmes

    March 9, 2013 04:23 am

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/crq41fj2f15v7y0/What%20time%20is%20lunch.jpg

    In my backyard. Squirrel protecting the nest.

  • Sheeba

    March 9, 2013 02:44 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tincangypzee/8529236630/
    Camouflage in Nature ..

  • Sheeba

    March 9, 2013 02:42 am

    Camouflage in Nature --

  • Lisa

    March 9, 2013 12:56 am

    Here's some fun I had with some whisky jacks while working up in the bush in Manitoba
    http://attheendofmylens.shutterfly.com/pictures/330

  • enjbe

    March 8, 2013 08:58 pm

    Summer flower

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/enjbe/8476030836/

  • Fran Solly

    March 8, 2013 02:16 pm

    some of my favorite Nature Photography subjects are the playful Australian Sea Lions of the Sir Joseph Bank Group of Islands on South Australia

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/frangi56/8352083672/

  • Richard Lemmer

    March 8, 2013 01:59 pm

    Not new this week I'm afraid but I wanted to share it.

  • James

    March 8, 2013 11:33 am

    Bird having a drink in puddle.

  • Johany

    March 8, 2013 11:25 am

    Sorry, the picture did not come out before...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johany_carson/8519190117/in/photostream

  • Lauren Sobkoviak

    March 8, 2013 10:41 am

    http://500px.com/photo/7570788

    Photo taken at a nearby pond just as mating season was beginning. The singing Yellow-headed Blackbird put on quite a show for me.

  • Vinay

    March 8, 2013 10:17 am

    This is one I took a few years back

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vabavdekar/4165069182/

  • Johany

    March 8, 2013 09:42 am

    I took this picture about 20 yrs ago and recently found it in a stack of old pictures. One of my favorites!

  • shoshanna

    March 8, 2013 09:21 am

    Honeybees in their hive. The 4 combs are where the next queens are and when they hatch they fight each other to see who will survive:

    [eimg url='http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/605/beehive.jpg' title='beehive.jpg']

  • Abigail

    March 8, 2013 08:26 am

    This is one I took this morning..and I have several other nature photos in my photostream..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/abigailjoyphotos/8536907043/in/photostream

  • Alexis

    March 8, 2013 03:14 am

    Thanks!
    Baby Namib Sand Gecko: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bindiphotography/8537280796/in/set-72157630698133360

  • Kpace

    March 7, 2013 12:27 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92620711@N06/8535823186/[/img]

  • JoNeal Barton

    March 7, 2013 11:28 am

    Same picture, but didn't knwo which website you prefered.

    https://www.facebook.com/JBarsSnapshots?ref=hl#!/photo.php?fbid=453044741417300&set=a.471201162934991.1073741825.339249909463451&type=3&theater

    http://500px.com/photo/27612615

  • Gary Longstaff

    March 7, 2013 09:24 am

    Peacock Butterfly on Flowering Heather

    http://glongstaff.smugmug.com/Places/House-Gardent/i-5xD2nXq/1/XL/PIC_0001-XL.jpg

  • Rick Kuhn

    March 7, 2013 08:04 am

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8535141872_2646757389.jpg"

  • Liz Vuziy

    March 7, 2013 06:32 am

    Saw some really cool mushrooms.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/75935220@N08/8223507528/in/photostream

  • Liz Vuziy

    March 7, 2013 06:29 am

    A picture of amazing looking mushrooms.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/75935220@N08/8223507528/in/photostream

  • marius2die4

    March 7, 2013 05:13 am

    Flowers&close-up
    http://marius-fotografie.blogspot.com/2013/02/hepatica-nobilis-iii.html

    Bird
    http://marius-fotografie.blogspot.com/2013/02/un-sturz.html

    Landscape
    http://marius-fotografie.blogspot.com/2012/11/zapada-si-viscol.html

  • Christian

    March 7, 2013 04:12 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrischen-zepter/7287000222

  • Jackie

    March 7, 2013 04:11 am

    A hawk in the snow storm. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaxartwork/8532295822/

  • Steven Dwyer

    March 7, 2013 03:50 am

    My first time posting for the weekly challenge - http://wp.me/s2S1IH-566

  • Iza Korwel

    March 6, 2013 11:59 pm

    Winter is great time to photograph birds on the deck:
    http://www.korwelphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Dark-eyed-junco-eying-photographer.jpg
    More on blog: http://bit.ly/XK09Ge

  • colin thompson

    March 6, 2013 09:23 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/peanutwig/8522806762/ ok i'll try again. long tailed tit.

  • colin thompson

    March 6, 2013 09:21 pm

    Long tailed tit taken at three sisters park in Wigan, u.k.

  • Billy Collopy

    March 6, 2013 01:04 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/collopyjones/8533183478/in/photostream

    Thanks for the opportunity DPS. Here's my rookie try.

  • Sam Dcruz

    March 6, 2013 12:39 pm

    A few wildlife shots : http://www.samdcruzphotography.com/gallery/wildlife

  • Barbro

    March 6, 2013 09:59 am

    Wellcme rainwater :

    http://flic.kr/p/dZCpA5

  • Lynne

    March 6, 2013 08:53 am

    First time here - this is my nature shot - my own backyard - http://beyondthebrushphotography.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/a-bird-in-the-bush/

  • Michal France

    March 5, 2013 06:30 pm

    here is my contribution of the Snowdrop in a morning light:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90949112@N02/8528956388/in/set-72157632907224280/

  • Aston Kelly

    March 5, 2013 03:43 pm

    Ducking around with my new can http://www.flickr.com/photos/tellaston/7909966152/in/photostream

  • Shayne

    March 5, 2013 11:41 am

    Snowy Owl in Vancouver, BC.

  • mark baily

    March 5, 2013 07:10 am

    my macro shot of a caterpillar http://www.flickr.com/photos/chefb666/6070596896/ thanks for viewing

  • Frej

    March 5, 2013 05:32 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/halvorsenphoto/8528697874/in/photostream

    Just got back from a walk, and here's a shot of a commom starling

  • Eric-

    March 5, 2013 02:30 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/58840771@N06/7255980748/in/photostream

    Sigma 180mm macro on a crop sensor gives a good working distance, yn flash in a small strap on soft box.

    Not cropped, just color corrected in lr.

  • John Velocci

    March 5, 2013 02:00 am

    Here are some of mine:

    http://www.redbubble.com/people/baneling/collections/189673-insects

    http://www.redbubble.com/people/baneling/collections/189908-edwards-gardens

    http://www.redbubble.com/people/baneling/collections/189656-flowers-and-macro

    http://www.redbubble.com/people/baneling/collections/194290-landcapes

  • Lubica

    March 5, 2013 01:39 am

    http://lubica.planka.sk/animals/content/20121021-IMG_5808_large.html

    These images were taken on our road trip with my friends. We were driving around marshland and it was truly amazing how many different birds we found. The monkeys are living near temples and parks.

  • Lubica

    March 5, 2013 01:27 am

    http://lubica.planka.sk/animals/content/20121023-IMG_6388_large.html

  • Stephen

    March 4, 2013 09:06 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssiteman/8526798659/in/photostream

    Here's my shot

  • Gavin

    March 4, 2013 09:03 pm

    http://500px.com/photo/23220109

  • Gavin

    March 4, 2013 09:01 pm

    http://500px.com/photo/14627603

  • COLIN BOND

    March 4, 2013 08:46 pm

    Mayfly
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/colin-bond/8526757943/

  • dyadyo

    March 4, 2013 08:26 pm

    leaves under the sun

  • Jeff Kuhn

    March 4, 2013 04:28 pm

    san bernardino mountains

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/93724129@N05/8526319347/in/photostream

  • Zain Abdullah

    March 4, 2013 12:34 pm

    At the Malaysian National Zoo

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/florafauna/e22727fbe

  • Stephen Talabac

    March 4, 2013 12:16 pm

    Pansy as viewed through the lens of a raindrop clinging to a petal of another Pansy.

    http://sjtphotography.com/natureslens/h562c8bc6#h562c8bc6

  • Stephen Talabac

    March 4, 2013 11:22 am

    Pansy viewed through the lens of a raindrop clinging to another Pansy petal.

    http://sjtphotography.com/natureslens/h562c8bc6

  • Vince Reimer

    March 4, 2013 09:44 am

    Woodpecker-

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/887251_10151502768697184_2016542561_o.jpg

  • Rob B

    March 4, 2013 09:32 am

    Winter Hike....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_369/8526290854/in/photostream

  • Jon Glogowski

    March 4, 2013 06:44 am

    Taken in West Yellowstone.

    The Leader of the Pack: http://jonglogowski.tumblr.com/image/43712040959

  • Claudia

    March 4, 2013 06:11 am

    Best shot in a series... of butterflies

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/93687669@N02/8524115436/

  • Michal France

    March 4, 2013 04:46 am

    There was one of the rare sunny days in Strasbourg so I took the opportunity to make a picture for this competition:

    a macro with my C 100mm, F2,8
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90949112@N02/8524198919/in/photostream

    and one of my older panoramas made in October 2012 in Voges. I love the wildness of this place. Always makes me to forget that our civilisation took over our planet.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90949112@N02/8516279321/in/set-72157632885282264

  • Howard Mitchell

    March 3, 2013 11:09 pm

    This water drop refraction method can be a lot of fun..

  • lori burrows

    March 3, 2013 10:57 pm

    http://flic.kr/p/dS7S3u[/img]
    http://flic.kr/p/dRLACU
    http://flic.kr/p/dS7Sro
    I love shooting nature. These are just a couple from this winter while out looking for eagles and whatever else came along.

  • mandyb

    March 3, 2013 10:38 pm

    This gorgeous orb spider joined us for lunch....http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=337119926388718&set=a.326601997440511.57671.325795810854463&type=1&relevant_count=1

  • Kelly Walters

    March 3, 2013 10:09 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0091009/photos/93276247@N06/8523215511/

    Flower from my garden

  • Mahrukh Iqbal

    March 3, 2013 06:24 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4138384583969&set=a.4049164713528.2146285.1414288544&type=3&theater

  • Barry E. Warren

    March 3, 2013 04:06 pm

    Here is a new nature photo, The first flower on in door plant at home
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/69714842@N06/8522578723/in/photostream

  • Kevin

    March 3, 2013 12:43 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73481282@N04/8478856691/in/photostream

    I planted many sunflowers this year and now I'm reaping the benefits with lots of bees and butterflies visiting.

  • Tom O'Connor

    March 3, 2013 12:21 pm

    Here's a unique one (I hope)!

    http://taustinoconnor.zenfolio.com/p1059186552/e1c5d359d

  • Trazy Lee

    March 3, 2013 05:30 am

    A humpback whale diving in the open sea near Andenes in Norway

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/trazylee/8521094979/

  • Steve Vorkoeper

    March 3, 2013 05:25 am

    I took this shot just yesterday morning.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_v/8521083005/in/photostream

  • Kyle

    March 3, 2013 04:59 am

    http://pinterest.com/pin/465559680199499047/

  • John

    March 3, 2013 02:04 am

    A pretty little animal.
    http://500px.com/photo/27205301

  • Steve

    March 3, 2013 02:03 am

    Love elephants. Lucky to be in Africa at the moment

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/African-Mammals/G0000IrGRBOD5m2s/I0000rwGVTOPx_HM/C0000bdEkyK_8Dzs

  • Matt B

    March 3, 2013 12:40 am

    Stroan Loch in Scotland

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_battison/8040149167/in/set-72157631659622025

  • Fábio Petry

    March 3, 2013 12:29 am

    Yellow nature of a small sunflower

    http://flic.kr/p/dVkQzx

  • Barry Scully

    March 2, 2013 11:44 pm

    Definitely my reason for loving photography, Nature photography allows me to get back to my favourite areas.

    Here is a shot from one of my latest Owl shoots.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stochasticmotions/8477682730/in/photostream

    Most of my photos on flickr are Nature related, please take a look and let me know what you like.

    Barry

  • Justin Wong

    March 2, 2013 11:08 pm

    Maple leaf! :D

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/78973795@N03/8521336896/in/photostream/

  • Kristina

    March 2, 2013 08:51 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pisipupsu/8519995587/in/photostream

  • anthony

    March 2, 2013 05:59 pm

    roly poly fish head

    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8247/8483971425_2af0d424ec_c.jpg' title='8483971425_2af0d424ec_c.jpg']

  • Mausam

    March 2, 2013 04:14 pm

    Jewels of water!

  • Willy Campbell

    March 2, 2013 04:12 pm

    Not new this week, but one of my favorites. 2 Honu [green sea turtles] taken about 30' down free-diving Leeward Oahu, Hawaii.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/willyc808/8518034200/

  • Altangerel

    March 2, 2013 11:51 am

    Fall colours:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A_fy0YxCMAA_k2Y.jpg

  • Dominique

    March 2, 2013 11:50 am

    I'm leaving you!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29139616@N05/8086315358/in/set-72157631766855205

  • John Gaughan

    March 2, 2013 11:24 am

    Very cool stuff

  • inkid

    March 2, 2013 11:17 am

    mommy & baby at the park
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkid/6663498293

  • Martha

    March 2, 2013 11:15 am

    My humble effort :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/80874895@N08/8123602490/in/set-72157631864355156/

  • Jon Paul Vivere

    March 2, 2013 10:54 am

  • blueb3ll

    March 2, 2013 10:40 am

    Spring is on its way - wild daffodil breaks through

    http://500px.com/photo/26342965?from=set/464895

  • Scottc

    March 2, 2013 10:06 am

    The path that must be crossed, however slowly....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/4803754865/

  • satesh

    March 2, 2013 09:58 am

    I went to the beach.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/satesh/8513174990/

  • Judy Royal Glenn

    March 2, 2013 09:36 am

    Your challenged helped save a brown bats life today! As I was going to shoot for the nature challenge at the Botanical Garden, I found a brown bat cold and shivering in their parking lot. The rest of the story is on my Flickr page.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/judyroyalglenn/8518835111/in/photostream

  • Seb

    March 2, 2013 08:31 am

    Spotlights :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49749846@N07/8239094118/

  • Thomas Schmidt

    March 2, 2013 08:30 am

  • Jeff E Jensen

    March 2, 2013 07:42 am

    I love spending time shooting nature. Recently spent some time hanging out with some bald eagles.

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-few-eagles.html

  • Marcos Loyola Rivera

    March 2, 2013 07:18 am

    Here we go

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloyolarivera/5452199926/

  • Guigphotography

    March 2, 2013 07:10 am

    Another great challenge subject. Thanks DR!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/69604456@N07/8519658446/in/photostream

  • Lukasz

    March 2, 2013 06:47 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazlo/7963822330/in/photostream

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