The Sights of Nature Contest

The scenes while spending a day outside can be visually stunning. Camping, hiking, a stroll through the park or sitting and watching the sunset can be a beautiful sight to see. Nature itself can be so beautiful. So now is the time to show off nature in all its glory. Send in your best nature related photo to It can be a photo of the environment, the landscape or anything else nature related. Maybe it’s the sunset, birds sitting in a bird nest or a rainbow, it doesn’t matter. Send in your photo to and the photo with the most Likes wins a FREE Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter. Details below:

To enter the contest:

1.)    Email your nature-related photo to  and we will post the photo to our “Sights of Nature” photo album (located directly under the cover photo)

2.)    Tell all your friends to “Like” our Facebook page so they can “Like” your photo

3.)    After your photo is submitted, everyone will vote for their favorite by “liking” the photo

4.)    The contest ends Friday June 29 at 3:00PM EST

5.)    The winner of the contest receives a FREE Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter


7.) Only those who have not won a contest in the past 60 days will be eligible to win the prize

Prize Details:

The Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter Water Filter is the number one selling microfilter for outdoor use. This compact and lightweight backpacking microfilter removes bacteria, Giardia and Cryptosporidium. The Hiker Pro is easy to operate and has a high water output system. Using microfilter technology, the Hiker Pro also reduces bad taste and odor from your drinking water. This comes with a Prefilter, Universal Bottle Adaptor, Carrying Bag, Field Maintenance Kit and Quick Connect Fittings.


Additional Information:

  • Voting and submission begins Friday June 22 and ends Friday June 29 at 3:00PM EST. The photo with the most “Likes” by the end of the contest wins.
  • Please be sure to post only your own photos.
  • Only those who have not won a contest in the past 60 days will be eligible to win the prize.
  • In the event of a tie, a winner will be randomly selected.
  • The winner of the contest has one week to claim their prize.

You can win a great free Katadyn Microfilter just for sending in a photo. It’s a win-win situation. Submit your photo today!


Nature’s Four Favorite Filters

With filter media like Manganese Greensand, KDF 55 and granular activated charcoal, it’s easy to think of water filtration as consisting entirely of strange, manmade materials, plastics and polymers that purify your water using space age technology. These filter medias are then connected to other technological devices, such as kitchen sinks, refrigerators, pools, spas and showers. Water filtration, the hallmark of 21st century scientific achievement.
Of course, this is hardly the case. Water filtration is a natural and integral part of life, and it’s a process aided by a variety of animals and natural materials. The Earth has many natural methods of water filtration, and humankind has also used natural materials to purify water for thousands of years.
Now I present to you, without further ado, “Nature’s Four Favorite Filters“:
Plants: Especially in Wetland areas, plants naturally filter the water in which they exist. Such plants move carbon dioxide through the water while also adding oxygen. In addition, many rid ponds and bogs of toxic metals and allow for the growth of beneficial bacteria. Water lettuce and water hyacinth are both particularly absorptive plants, and have even been used as pre-filters to waste water treatment systems.
Sand: More than 2,000 years ago, the Greeks and Romans used sand to filter the water of their bathhouses and pools. This technique is still used today to capture dirt and larger sediment, as it filters particles between 25-50 microns in size.
Oysters: Oysters are filter feeders that consume many harmful pollutants while feeding. An adult oyster can filter as much as 60 gallons of water a day. That’s more than most reverse osmosis systems. In many contaminated waters, oyster reefs are constructed to purify the water in a natural way.
Coconut: When a coconut ripens, the water inside hardens into the white flesh that we all know as coconut. In the months before this happens, however, water is purified in the unripe coconut as it is passed between many fibers and kept sterile inside the nut. The result? A liquid brimming with electrolytes and second only to water itself in terms of purity. There is a reason many of today’s water filters employ a coconut carbon block.
While water purification is indeed a natural occurrence, many contaminants found in water can hardly be described as such. The problem, of course, is that all the plants, sand, oysters and coconuts in the world could not rid the world of some of the chemicals found in your water. But by using modern filters that use some of nature’s best filters, like sand and coconut, we can restore water to a more pure and natural state.