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Group Info

Founded 4 Years ago
Jan 21, 2010


Group Focus
Art Collection

3,570 Members
3,115 Watchers
64,116 Pageviews
Daily Pageviews

Gallery Folders

Contest - Winter Wonders 2012
Mushroom Theme
Autumn Theme
Contest-Winning Photos
Spring Contest 2012
Contest - SC, Winter into Spring 2011
Contest - Spring Flowers 2010
Contest - Baby Animals 2010
Contest - Green for St. Patrick's Day 2010
Contest - Valentine Roses 2010
Flowers, Plants, Leaves, Moss, etc. 1-closed
Flowers, Plants, Leaves, Moss, etc. 2-closed



:star: Affiliates' News & Contests :star:

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Welcome & Rules/Submission Guidelines


:star: Welcome & Becoming a Member :star:

Welcome to CloseToNature, a group for people who love nature and getting close to it!

This group will focus on "close-up" photographs of flowers, mushrooms, insects, animals, snowflakes, water drops, etc, and is for everyone, every kind of photographer: beginners, pros, amateurs, hobbyists, etc.

Anyone who wishes to join is free to do so, just click the "join this group" button (found at the top of the page) and wait to be approved.

Be sure to thoroughly read the rules/guidelines before joining and/or submitting art.

Please be kind and polite to one another, follow the submission guidelines, share your art, make friends, and most importantly - enjoy this group!

And if you're unsure about anything or have any questions, be sure to ask!


:star: Accepted / Not Accepted Media :star:

:bulletred: Photography.

This group is specifically for photography, be it digital or film. No heavily-edited photos, digital or traditional art will be accepted, sorry.

As long as the rules are followed, I will accept any/all photos EXCEPT: landscapes, skyscapes, waterscapes.

While this group is for nature photography, it focuses on being "close" to nature; such as getting down & dirty to get that flower or insect shot, or having the chance to be up-close-and-personal with a wild animal. Not shots of entire fields, sky, lakes, etc.


A photo of a tree branch with leaves/ice or texture/bark would be accepted, but a photo of the entire tree (especially at a distance) would not be accepted.

A photo of a single flower or a group of flowers where they take up almost the whole image would be accepted, but a photo of a field of flowers would not be accepted.

A photo of a water droplet(s) on a flower, leaf, feathers, etc will be accepted, but a photo of a water droplet(s) on a non-nature object such as paper will not be accepted.


:star: Rules / Submission Guidelines :star:

:bulletred: Submissions must be of "close-tonature" photography.

:bulletred: No heavily-edited or manipulated photos, object photos, or land/sky/waterscape shots will be accepted.

:bulletred: You may submit two (2) photos per member per week.

:bulletred: Please submit into the correct gallery folder; if you're unsure, ask first.

:bulletred: Submissions will never be declined due to "lack of quality" or personal taste/preference, only if the above rules are not followed. I greatly believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder; this group is for all artists/art, not just for the "best" artists/art.

:bulletred: And again, be kind and polite, and enjoy the group! If you have any questions, feel free to ask by comment, note (to the group or me personally).


"Bumblebees & More" Theme Features!

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 5, 2012, 2:37 PM

"Bumblebees & More "

Here are all the beautiful submissions that we received into the "Bumblebees & More" theme folder - enjoy! :clap:
Thanks to everyone who submitted. :aww:

Bumblebee by JophesXI:thumb318153086:When No One's Looking by BlueColoursOfNatureLavender Bee by FreyaPhotosBalancing act by WeridofWeridLion of Bees by photoripBee by Krisztinaaa:thumb305484546:sunny day by elspeth-66Bumblebee on Silver Thistle by Vineyard86The Bee by TinaCaperSearching by Qwert10101The Other Side by Qwert10101Honey in Progress by Greyscale87tropical with bumblebee by Twins72Bee and bumblebee by ArayashikinoshakaBumblebee by bluesgrassPollinisation by Aude-la-randonneuseHanging around by DalintauOver The Top by a-kid-at-heartthe bumble bear by dodecatheon:thumb307618840:BOO! by Tyrant-essGetting a leg over by enzedgreenBourdon sur fleur rose by Aude-la-randonneusebeeIV by cloe-patrabee by cloe-patraFlight of the Bubble Bobble by AbrimaalBuzzin wetfoot by poppywatersDreams and Wishes by TeaPhotographyYellow and Black by Fel2Norakhoney heney honey by cheah77:thumb319927032:Bee Hanging on Flower by UncleBrisket165 by picturework-memoryBumble Bee on sunflower 1 by MrFotkermanPompon by DSA-63Busy Bee by Newman001Common Wasp by snomandaSimplicity by DarkCountess666Bee by heln-gBee on a locust flower by Mogrianne

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Thank you for accepting my picture :)
vicente-oliveira Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
joy by vicente-oliveiraclose by vicente-oliveira thank you for the request :)
Thanks for the requests! :)
Pajunen Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your request!
Always with pleasure !
John-Peter Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your request :bow:
Thanks for accepting ! :)
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