Part of spring break was spent hiking in the state parks of Arkansas. Very impressed with the care put into their park system. Gotta go back for the fall color.
We’ve be enjoying (or semi-enjoying) some winter weather lately. Snow doesn’t happen often here in our neck of the woods, so it’s best to take advantage of the wintery mix while it lasts. Personally, I like that winter visits our area once a year, especially because it doesn’t visit for too long.
Since the snow started falling after all the kids were in school, the dog became my default subject. Like many retrievers, he loves the snow. He even decided to take the opportunity to go for an unexpected swim during our snowy walkabout. He didn’t appreciate the bath that followed.
Inspried by the gorgeous imagery at The Monochromatic Lens, I decided to play monochrome with the sprinkler images I made this summer. I love the way the water sparkles in the sunlight, in color or in black and white. High contrast and a little moody. I cannot decided which one I like best. Good problem, I guess!
I enjoyed playing cops and robbers as a kid. Acting as the copyright police as a professional photographer isn’t as much fun. You get some really interesting results when you conduct a reverse Google image search. One of my most popular images, Agave in black and white, has been placed without permission on many, many sites. I’m guessing the international recognition honor it received from the Black and White Spider Awards art competition helped fuel it’s viral spread.
Sometimes the use is flattering, but permission to post was never requested:
Sometimes the use seems innocence, but it is still theft:
Stolen to enrich someone else’s “art:”
At least I’m represented on Pinterest, my happy place:
Then there are the lewd sites. People see stuff in botanicals. Guess I’m in good company with Georgia O’Keeffe. Except my fans seem to be all male.
I’ll step off my soapbox now. I’m not trying to be a downer. I’m just asking everyone to respect artists and their work. Many of us are happy to share. Just ask, ok?