This is an 'informal fun' contest whereby you are asked to take (photos from April 1, 2014 onwards until Oct 31, 2014 are going to be accepted) photos ON YOU OWN PROPERTY, rented or owned. To do so, please also join the Stewardship Oxford Facebook page noted below. You will learn why as you keep reading.
Why have this contest? 1. Because I can! And 2, because a good way to 'steward' the land, air, and water around us is to first appreciate and 'act upon' what we have ... even within a few feet of our front doors! Often times, we get so busy with our lives that we don't necessarily appreciate what is happening in the great outdoors ... even our own great outdoors ... beyond lighting a barbecue! Creating a bit of a natural oasis in your yards is good for mind, body and soul, as well as setting an example for others.
Photos should showcase nature in your back yard or front yard. If you live in an apartment and want to participate, ask a friend or family member who rents/owns property if you can 'partner with them' to scrutinize their front or backyard 'habitat'. You would be amazed at what even a couple hours 'dedicated' to observing nature can accomplish!
The best way to approach this exercise is to be proactive. So have a camera 'at the ready'. If you wait for a butterfly to come to you, it will be long gone by the time you grab your camera! Cell phone cameras are awesome devices as you will have better luck 'capturing the moment'.
Remember, join Stewardship Oxford on Facebook, an organization I have chosen to 'feature' with this contest. Also think about checking out the Stewardship Oxford Website. It is still in development, but some of the photos will end up on this web page! Then ..............
Photo Ideas and Rules:
- Butterflies, insects, dragonflies, bats, rabbits, birds, etc.
- Resident wildlife such as a snake, chipmunk, squirrel, or whatever. (cats, dogs, domestic fish, etc. are not considered 'wildlife' for this contest!) That said, the wildlife you see may differ depending upon whether you are rural or urban situated! Remember, Oxford County residents only!
- If you have 'indigenous' (native to the area) plants in your yard, those can be submitted as well.
- Ideal would be if you are able to identify the 'feature point' of your photo, especially if it is a little 'unique like some bugs and insects!
For each submission, include the location of the photo, (i.e. front or back yard), the date (within the above date framework), and if possible, identification of the 'feature creature' or plant. Load them onto My 5 Photos Facebook Event Page once you have collected five. (Please only upload once you have taken your favourite five.)
My hope is to create a video for YouTube which can be attached to the Stewardship Oxford website page. Or maybe even several, depending upon the # of entries!
Help me show the natural beauty of Oxford, as found in our own Oxford County front or back yards!
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