#instacamp week 2: the great outdoors

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Man, I am loving all the enthusiasm around #instacamp, and just as you did last week, you guys hit it out of the park with your amazing images of the great outdoors.  If there was any doubt that we live on a beautiful planet, the images that emerged as a result of the week 2 prompt erased any trace of it.  Here are some of my favourites -- please click on the images to go learn more about these really fabulous camera-photographers:

"Wildlife in the #greatoutdoors" by Jet Harrington

"Wildlife in the #greatoutdoors" by Jet Harrington

"The great outdoors" by Schmutzie

"The great outdoors" by Schmutzie

"great outdoors" by Kate A.

"great outdoors" by Kate A.

"Enjoying the view from my hammock" by Sarah Pogorzelski

"Enjoying the view from my hammock" by Sarah Pogorzelski

"Lucky thing I live in Arkansas" by Kyran Pittman

"Lucky thing I live in Arkansas" by Kyran Pittman

"Blue skies smiling at me" by Denise U.

"Blue skies smiling at me" by Denise U.

"Perfect gradient of sky colors" by Sandra Chang

"Perfect gradient of sky colors" by Sandra Chang

Thanks to all of you for sharing how beautiful your worlds are.  As always, if you'd like to share the link to your own #instacamp great outdoors shots, please leave them in the comments below.

And! That's not all!  Because I'm in the mood to use #instacamp to give away some awesome summer reading, please leave a comment, and in addition to giving away a signed copy of The Beauty of Different, I also happened to pick up an extra copy of Jenny Lawson's runaway best seller Let's Pretend This Never Happened:  A Mostly True Memoir to give away as well -- because this is, by far, the best, funniest book I've read all year.  So leave a comment!  Do it!  I'll update this post with the winner of both books on Sunday, when my family and I arrive at our Undisclosed Vacation Location. (And then, once you've left your comment, head on over to Bliss Your Heart -- as always, I'm talking about what has made me particularly grateful this week.)

On that note, good luck, friends, and have a great weekend. Also stay tuned for the week 3 instacamp prompt and a few photo clues about where we are next week!

Update:  According to Random.org, the winner of the books is Sarah P., who said "I'm so honored to have one of my photos chosen to be here! Thank you! And enjoy your vacation!" -- Congrats, Sarah!  I'll be getting in contact with you directly to get your info.

And stay tuned, everyone, for the Week 3 #instacamp prompt!

SongBlue skies, as performed by Willie Nelson