Introducing the Nature Photo Challenge

Let’s share our photos of the amazing variety, beauty and mystery of nature!

Join in this Nature Photo Challenge and post your favorite nature photographs!

Here are the guidelines:

  • I will introduce a new theme every Wednesday. This gives you time to plan a little weekend trip to take some new photos, or dig into your archives. For each theme I will share some photos of my own that may give you some inspiration.
  • The themes will be extremely varied. Just to whet your appetite, potential themes could be: Busy Bees, Red Leaves, White Blossom, Feathers, Butterflies, Unusual Textures, Bark, Creepie-Crawlies, Nuts & Seeds, Swans … nature is infinite, as is this challenge!
  • You can submit one photo or more per theme.
  • You can use new or archived photos.
  • You will need to follow Denzil Nature so you can receive notifications of when I launch a new Nature Photo Challenge theme.
  • When you see a theme that interests you, publish your post with your nature photo(s) on your blog. Entitle the post “Nature Photo Challenge: theme
  • Add the tag Naturephotochallenge to the post
  • Leave a comment and the link to your post on my post that introduced that theme. Then I will be able to visit your blog and make nice comments!

That’s all! Apart from have fun.

I look forward to seeing your submissions.


For the first Nature Photo Challenge, the theme is PATTERNS.

Patterns in nature can be found everywhere. Here are a few patterns that I have found myself. Hopefully they will inspire you to discover and share patterns in nature that you have discovered yourself.

Nature Photo Challenge #1: Patterns
Leaves are always a good place to start
Leaf in winter
The patterns of transpired water turning to ice
Bracken frond
A bracken frond in early autumn
Nature Photo Challenge #1: Patterns
What about the eating patterns of a caterpillar?
Then there’s the patterns of insect wings, like this Lacewing
Latticed Heath
The latticed pattern of the Latticed Heath moth
Nature Photo Challenge #1: Patterns
The Brown Argus butterfly
Parent Bugs
The complex patterns of the Parent Bug
Nature Photo Challenge #1: Patterns
Let’s not forget seed heads … like the familiar Dandelion …
Poppy seedhead
… or the symmetry of the poppy seed capsule

I hope these have given you some inspiration to look through your archives or get out into your local patch of nature. I look forward to seeing your own Patterns in Nature.


    • Thanks for your submission Martin; some spectacular patterns there. Thanks also for introducing some patterns in nature from other continents. My photos are 100% Belgium-based!


  1. Denzil, what a terrific idea for inspiring us to share images from nature through your Photo Challenge! Your photos are breathtaking – the patterns amazing and so many truly exquisite – the wings of the lacewing are sublime! Thank you so much for brightening a very grey afternoon with your uplifting post and photos!

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    • Hi Annika, lovely to hear from you, and thanks for your positive comments. I am so encouraged by the response to this challenge; there are some talented nature photographers out there; truly inspiring.

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  2. This sounds like a challenge right up my street Denzil. Love all your patterns, though that Parent bug looks evil! Can’t say I have come across that one. Does it cause any damage to plants?

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    • They are a type of shield bug that I guess could cause moderate damage to garden plants if they are in numbers. They are named because they look after their young. Looking forward to seeing your patterns, I’m sure you have some super ones

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  3. Fabulous macro shots and a great idea to have a nature challenge! I won’t join in this week as I’m just back from a trip and have a backlog of posts, but I’ll follow for sure and contribute in the future when I can 🙂

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  4. Hi Denzil, I just met you through Becky B who hosts the popular squares challenge. I’ve subscribed and hope to hop into your weekly challenges–I Love nature and most of my photographs are of the Pacific Northwest in Washington State (and beyond). I also host Sunday Stills (since 2018!), a weekly themed photo challenge, and I hope to be able to integrate your themes into mine (I love double-dipping). Gorgeous patterns and you’ve inspired me for some upcoming Wordless Wednesday posts I can do!

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  5. How did I miss this one, Denzil? I must have been half asleep on Wednesday morning! Some terrific photos here and good to see you’ve already inspired lots of people. This is going to be a very successful challenge. Good stuff!

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    • Thanks for taking part Kathleen and for your fascinating photos and commentary on patterns on trees. You have a stunning blog. Looking forward to reading more posts of yours in the weeks to come.

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