To begin, I have decided to delete the majority of images from this blog and replace them with copyright free or creative commons images with the exception of photos which I have taken myself (such as the one above). I have been blogging every day for about a year and a half, with over a thousand posts, so it is going to take a little time to edit everything but it will be done. Before I go into the reasons why, I suggest you read the following first: Right-clicking Images from Websites, Pinterest and Google. It is an excellent argument for not using possibly copyrighted material even if it is for personal, non-commercial, use.
I have been an artist since I was a child, drawing, painting, taking photographs, as well as writing poetry and short stories. Though I’m not published or have ever had a show, I have sold some things and given away others and I can understand not wanting ones work passed around the world without so much as a by your leave. Which is why I had thought I was doing the right thing by using what I believed were free images, but now I am not so certain and instead of taking a chance of using someone work without permission or attribution, I am going to either replace images or go without.
This is much the same as only downloading music made freely available by the artist or through iTunes. Just because I cannot afford to pay for such things, it doesn’t mean I should just take what I want. There are too many alternatives available if your willing to look for them.
Here are some examples I found:
There is a lot more out there to find, take the time and see what you stumble across.