But you're not really a Commons user, are you? The ugly face of gatekeeping on Commons.
There's an extremely tiresome trend here among a small but vocal portion of "power users" to be openly hostile to users they perceive as being "from other projects" in particular the English Wikipedia. You may have had an account for a decade or more, and made a few thousand edits, over a hundred uploads, and participated in various prior discussions without it being a problem, but if you run afoul of these gatekeepers, you will be branded as an outsider and they will try to discount your opinion simply because Commons is not your "home wiki". Don't let them get away with it. The purpose of Commons is to support other projects with easily accesible free images, it is not supposed to be a members-only clubhouse only for those who consider Commons their home wiki. It's a nasty, underhanded way to discount valid opinions and should always be called out. Users from all projects should be welcome and valued here.
I love nature, that's why I live where I do and what is featured in many of my uploads. A few favorites are below. (These are all mine, but I also often upload wildlife images taken by employees of the US Fish and Wildlife Service)
The sun rising on a cold winter's day on Kachemak Bay
Upper Skilak Lake, the inflow from the Kenai River is visible in the middle left
Nature can be beautiful even when it is violent and destructive
a portion of the same forest before it burned. Taiga forests have short growing seasons and produce these narrow spruce trees.
One of my favorite places on earth.
I practically walked right into this little owl before I saw it. Can you see it?
This place has been called the most perfectly situated campground in all of Alaska. Blueberry Lake in Thompson Pass.
Don't go chasin' waterfalls. You don't need to. They pretty much stay in one place
as fun as it looks
That white mountain in the distance is Denali, highest peak in North America. It's quite far away, maybe 75 miles, there's a whole other mountain range in between.
Autumn is my favorite season for adventuring. Not so hot, not so many bugs or tourists, very pretty.
In Alaska, nature comes to you. This image was taken through a window in my house.
Appreciate the little things. This is one of my favorite spots in the local area. There's better views and bigger streams, but I find this very pleasant.
This is one of the few glaciers in Alaska that you can actually drive right up to if you are so inclined. It is also the source of the Matanuska River
getting up close and personal with a mountain
One of several images I've taken here, on a calm day the water reflects the mountains beautifully.
Moose like my house, taken from my second-floor deck.
A Really old one, taken in the '90's with an actual film camera, in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. I was trying to emphasize how high up I was, and ended up taking what I think is a very composed photograph.
another very composed one. I was actually standing in the lake wearing chest waders.
I see eagles pretty much every single day. Sometimes they are doing awe-inspiring things. Sometimes they are eating garbage.
I live in the Pacific "ring of fire," the tall mountain off in the distance is Mt. Iliamna, one of four active volcanoes in the region.
You can actually see when the devil's club plant is thirsty because it cups its massive leaves to catch rain.
I'm not sure this really conveys how massive this plant is. I estimated it at 9 feet (2.7 m). Cow parsnip, AKA pushki is an annual, it only grows for one season.
Not the best picture anyone's ever taken of a caribou, but I like it anyway.
The SS Beeblebrox has only explored a tiny fraction of Alaska's three million or so lakes.
WikiProject lakes on en.wp used this as their banner image for a while. I thought that was pretty cool. Bg-wp is still using it on a stub template, so it's on a couple hundred articles there.
The sign reads "Moose Pass is a peaceful little town, if you have an axe to grind, do it here." Good advice
I like crab, but it was weird being gifted two whole, live ones. They hung out on the counter until dinnertime. Ever wondered why people only eat the legs? Trust me, you don't want what is inside the rest of them.
This guy is outside my house right now. I need to go shovel the snow off the walk so I guess I gotta go out and try not to get stomped. Update: I'm back, no stomping, he was super chill even when I was only like 10 feet (3.0 m) away
Ok, so maybe not the greatest shot anyone has ever taken of a volcano, but it was a magical experience to watch.
Visiting the big island, and specifically Hilo, got me kind of obsessed with Kameahamea.
As far south as you can go in a US state, South Point Complex, Hawaii. A very weird experience, the last ten miles of the drive there looks more like Texas than Hawaii, it was extremely windy and very hot
This is what safe, legal, regulated cannabis farming looks like, and it's pretty great
Several different strains drying just after being harvested