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Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:20 PM

A hand to *****The Winners of the February Contest ***** NATIONAL and STATE PARKS

There were those who said this was our most beautiful array of photographs ever, and I must say I just might agree
I thank all of you who participated either by submitting, voting, commenting, or kicking the threads - or all of that.

Here are the end results, and note, that except for first and second place every single place has a twin vote getter


WINNER FIRST PLACE
rdking647
Big Bend National Park



WINNER SECOND PLACE
birdographer
Steam Rising From the Spring - Ichetucknee Springs SP in FL


2 WINNERS THIRD PLACE
flamin lib
Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico

William Seger
Morning on Yellowstone Lake


Fourth Place 2 winners
Keth
Rocky Mountain Reflects
Sedona
Old and Faithful Friend


Fifth Place 2 winners
urbanhermit
Spring in the Tetons
Callalily
Death Valley

and finally even the 6th place has 2 winners
MN2theMax
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas
HAB911
Sunset, Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin Florida
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Hostess choice is the glorious photograph of

Soph0571
In 1066 they sat beneath a [now English Heritage] Tree



Start thinking, rdking647, you have won the right to name the theme for the next contest.

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Reply A hand to *****The Winners of the February Contest ***** NATIONAL and STATE PARKS (Original post)
Mira Feb 2021 OP
blm Feb 2021 #1
speak easy Feb 2021 #2
elleng Feb 2021 #3
SheltieLover Feb 2021 #4
hermetic Feb 2021 #5
Trueblue1968 Feb 2021 #6
IcyPeas Feb 2021 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2021 #8
PoindexterOglethorpe Feb 2021 #9
steventh Feb 2021 #10
FakeNoose Feb 2021 #11
CurtEastPoint Feb 2021 #12
Moostache Feb 2021 #13
ancianita Feb 2021 #14
MustLoveBeagles Feb 2021 #15
Blue 808 Feb 2021 #16
burrowowl Feb 2021 #17
sarge43 Feb 2021 #18
a kennedy Feb 2021 #19
Soph0571 Feb 2021 #20
mnhtnbb Feb 2021 #21
Mira Feb 2021 #33
Xolodno Feb 2021 #22
Owl Feb 2021 #23
Laura PourMeADrink Feb 2021 #24
tishaLA Feb 2021 #25
UpInArms Feb 2021 #26
JohnnyRingo Feb 2021 #27
rdking647 Feb 2021 #34
JohnnyRingo Feb 2021 #35
rdking647 Feb 2021 #37
Ferrets are Cool Feb 2021 #28
AZ8theist Feb 2021 #29
Talitha Feb 2021 #30
HAB911 Feb 2021 #31
Solly Mack Feb 2021 #32
KY_EnviroGuy Feb 2021 #36
Tommy Carcetti Feb 2021 #38
planetc Feb 2021 #39
lark Feb 2021 #40
denvine Feb 2021 #41
Richard D Feb 2021 #42
BobTheSubgenius Feb 2021 #43

Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:24 PM

1. Wow. I need to drop into this group more often. Truly great

photos. So many talented photographers.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:25 PM

2. Magnificent. Congratulations to all.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:26 PM

3. BRAVO!!!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:26 PM

4. Congrats to winners!

All are stunningly gorgeous & winners imo.

Ty to all entrants for sharing your amazing work & to Mira for hosting!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:33 PM

5. Good job, everyone

Fantastic photos, all.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:37 PM

6. wonderful pictures

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:38 PM

7. wonderful photos. we also have gorgeous national parks!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:44 PM

8. Congrats to all the winners!

This was a magnificently themed contest!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:45 PM

9. Lovely photographs, all of them.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:47 PM

10. Great photos. Great hosting by Mira.

Thanks all for bringing so much beauty to DU.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:56 PM

11. Stunning!

Thank you Mira and all the contestants.
It was very hard to pick a favorite because they're all so nice.


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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 05:57 PM

12. Splendid offerings and well run contest, Mira! Ya dun good!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:04 PM

13. Fantastic work...one and all!

When a photo captures the moment so perfectly that you feel like you're there, its a special kind of magic. Kudos to all!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:05 PM

14. Congratulations to these winners! Such amazing photographic art!

All of them were beautiful.

Thank you all in this great group!



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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:14 PM

15. Congratulations to all the participants

It always hard to choose because all the photos are great.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:27 PM

16. Congratulations to all...

Those are some awesome photographs..!!









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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:29 PM

17. I love this contest!

It's really hard to chose at times at times.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:43 PM

18. Stunning. Simply stunning.

Our national treasures.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:44 PM

19. Congratulations to all who entered and to those artists that won.

All of the finalists were perfection.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:50 PM

20. Absolutely fabulous winner!!!!

Huzzah

And Mira I honoured. Thank you

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:51 PM

21. Congratulations to the winners!

Fabulous entries.



Our March contest is the Winter Seasonal Contest, so rdking647 has some time to come up with a theme for the April contest.

Thanks, Mira, for hosting!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #21)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 12:06 AM

33. I sent rdking647 a pm

he will be revealing the theme for April to Soph0571 by the end of March. She is up as a volunteer for the April contest.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:57 PM

22. Congrats to the winners..

...all very inspirational.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 06:58 PM

23. They are all gorgeous!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 07:09 PM

24. I literally looked at this quickly and thought it was a National Geographic contest

Shots that great.

Bravo

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 07:19 PM

25. The entries this month were all outstanding

I had a hard time choosing which photo to vote for in the four sub-groups

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 07:36 PM

26. A huge round of applause to everyone!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 07:49 PM

27. K&R

Amazing. Really stunning images.

rdking's astrophotography always impresses. I don't know how he does it.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #27)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 12:31 AM

34. thanks

that shot was with a wide angle camera lens on a tripod,nothing special.

was out shooting tonight before the clouds rolled in, going to try again tomorrow and combine the 2 days shots,something i know can be done but ive never done it.

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Response to rdking647 (Reply #34)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 02:17 AM

35. Are you stacking to get that?

I only barely understand it, but I know it gathers more light from shorter exposures.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #35)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 07:32 AM

37. the big bend one isnt stacked

the deep space ones are. stacking reduces the noise in the photo by improving teh signal to noise ration since after shooting the photo has to have the histogram stretched out heavily to bring out details

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 07:51 PM

28. Congrats to ALL the winners!!!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 07:58 PM

29. Way, way, WAY WAY TOO COOL!!!!

1st prize winner is now my desktop image.

Great job to all.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 08:13 PM

30. Wonderful photos, everyone!

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Sun Feb 21, 2021, 08:37 PM

31. good job everyone!

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Sun Feb 21, 2021, 09:37 PM

32. Congratulations rdking647!!! birdographer !! flamin lib ! / William Seger !

Great job, Mira!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 02:36 AM

36. Thank you for running this contest, Mira.....

and thanks to all the highly skilled photographers for their submittals.

On several days, you guys lifted my spirits with these posts.

KY......... ....... .......

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 09:12 AM

38. Phenomenal photos. Never get tired of nature pictures.

Picture Number 2, Ichetucknee Springs, is one of my favorite places on earth.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 09:19 AM

39. Hurray for the photographers! And hurray for us!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 09:41 AM

40. What great talent we have on this site!

The pictures are amazing, beautiful and much appreciated!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 11:18 AM

41. Congratulations to the winners!

I loved seeing all of the photographs!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 12:20 PM

42. While it's a cliche, I can only say . . .

. . . breath-taking. Wow! Amazing photos.


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Response to Mira (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 01:53 PM

43. All, and I do mean ALL are very worthy winners, and deserve the compliments they receive!!!

Not a single mediocre picture in the bunch, which is also a testament to the taste of the voting public, so to speak.

All that being said, there were many, many other photos that I would have been happy with on this list.

Bravo and brava to all involved!

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