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Royalty-Free Images for InfoBarrel Articles: Four-Legged Friends, Flora and Fauna

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Alby the Orphan Kangaroo
Alby the orphan kangaroo

Like many InfoBarrelers, you probably have trouble finding exactly the right image to go with your article. There are many online image directories that offer royalty-free pictures, but these often require you to contact the author before using any of their work - not always practical without spending valuable writing time. Here's an idea that I hope will be a useful resource for other writers on InfoBarrel.

Alby the Kangaroo at two weeks
Alby the kangaroo at two weeks old
This idea was prompted by a recent featured article about Funny Kangaroos, written by askformore - I remembered that I had some snaps of a baby kangaroo that lives with friends in Perth, Western Australia, and I wondered if askformore wanted to use one in his article, which he did. It made me think "Could my photos help someone else who needs a good picture?"
I'm not an expert photographer, but today's digital cameras make it easy to get great results, so here are some snaps together with the stories behind them. I've added some small print at the end of the article, but here's the idea in a nutshell:
InfoBarrel members may use any of the pictures from this article, but only in their own InfoBarrel articles, royalty-free. All I ask is that you credit me when you add one of the images to your work, or include a link to my media page. You can copy the pictures from the media pages - they're all around 600 pixels wide, which I find is big enough for most articles.

Cat Pictures

Cocoa - Male Burmilla Cat
Cocoa, the head of the family.
I have to start with cats. We have four - Cocoa, Serafina, Pickle and Teasel - it's a long story. Pickle and Teasel are brother and sister, and Serafina and Cocoa are Mum and Dad. Serafina has had three litters of kittens and the pictures include other  members of the family who now live elsewhere.
Cocoa is a pure-bred Burmilla, while Serafina is not - they produced interesting kittens! Their breeding days are now over, and are now learning to get along together.
Cocoa has been with us since he was a kitten, and as of May 2012 he is nearly four years old. We adopted Serafina, a very pregnant stray, in January 2011. She is almost feral and was probably born wild - she was taken in by a rescue centre and they were delighted to find her a home where her kittens would be welcome.
The first litter of kittens arrived on 31 January 2011 and we named them Percy, Harvey, Twiglet and Mia - the only girl. It was a great learning experience for us and our children - then aged eight and ten.
Serafina - Witch Queen of the Cats
Mia - Serafina's first daughter
Serafina, Witch Queen of the Cats Mia, the First Daughter
Cocoa relaxing After a Long day Asleep
Cocoa relaxing after a long day asleep
Once the kittens were weaned, we found homes for them. None of them ended up alone - Percy and Harvey now live together not far from us, and both Twiglet and Mia joined families that already had another cat in need of company. They are all doing very well.
The latest additions to the family are Pickle, born in July 2011, and Teasel, the youngest, born in December 2011. Both are Cocoa and Serafina's offspring, and they seem to have inherited their father's looks and their mother's brains. Just as well, we think.
Cocoa Curled Up Fast Asleep
Cocoa Making Himself Comfortable
Teasel and Pickle Together
Serafina in Relaxed Mode
Where Am I?
Pickle About to Yawn - clearly Sleepy

Pictures From The Garden and Hedgerows

White Flowers Red Berries Trailing Shrub
Red Berries and White Flowers on a Trailing Shrub
I took these pictures in our garden or in the countryside surrounding the area where we live. Carrying a camera most of the time means I can snap anything that looks like it could become an image for a future InfoBarrel article. It's surprising (to me anyway) how some of my shots turn out - many of these plants are nothing special, but they make excellent subjects, particularly in spring and early summer, when everything is bursting into life.
Spherical Purple Flower Heads on Chives
Green Spikes on a Lawn
Daisies on a British Lawn
Bee on Spherical Purple Flower Heads
Giant Daisies in British Hedgerow
Spherical White Flower Head on Welsh Onion
Red Berries White Flowers Trailing Shrub
Two Orange-Red Roses

Small Print

Mike Bailey asserts his right to be identified as the author of all photographs included within this article ("the Pictures"). If you are a registered InfoBarrel member, you may use any of the Pictures, but only in your own InfoBarrel articles, royalty-free. Please credit me when you add one of the Pictures to your work; alternatively, please include a link to the originating media page.

Use other than as noted above is prohibited without the permission of the author. No commercial use or reproduction allowed.

Copyright © 2012 Mike Bailey



May 30, 2012 5:11pm
Those are some very nice photos you've taken and your offer to allow IB members to use them is great. I take lots of photos myself and often use them in my articles, but I've never thought about offering them to others. It will be interesting to see how many members take you up on it (I definitely would if I wrote anything about cute animal critters). Nice article, Mike!
May 31, 2012 1:29am
Thanks Deb - I'm planning to add other categories but probably in separate articles. It takes a while to get the images uploaded and tagged but I hope there will be a trade-off so that IB members get free pics and I get some page views ...
May 30, 2012 11:19pm
Great idea!!
May 31, 2012 1:30am
Thanks Andrew - I was prompted by askformore as I mentioned in the article and also by vicdillinger's "writing co-operative" scheme. Let me know if you're looking for anything in particular as I've got quite a selection to upload in due course.
May 31, 2012 3:41am
Nice photographs and a brilliant idea. If others follow suit, it would give a whole new dimension to Infobarrel.
May 31, 2012 5:54am
Thanks - I'm planning to upload a few more images here later today, so take another look in a day or two if you are after pet-pix.
Jun 1, 2012 12:50am
I agree it's a great idea. Like introspective, I've used quite a lot of my own photos in my articles. My husband's photos actually. I'm always saying 'take a photo of that please - I might be able to use it in an article'. Hope you get lots of takers.
Jun 1, 2012 1:19am
Hi Judy - glad you like it and thanks for commenting. As you can see from the article, we spent some time in WA ourselves as we have friends in Perth. I'm planning to include some more Oz pix later. It's quite a task sizing and uploading everything but I hope it might start a trend!
Nov 19, 2012 5:04am
Nice pics and a great idea to encourage views to your articles.
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