Scintillating scenes, surrealistic sunsets, majestic, mauve mourning doves flying freely over freshly frosted fields and nose-numbing nihilistic, wind-driven snow swirling over Siberian savannahs are only a few of the tens of thousands of photos you’ll see if you visit this beautifully-done free stock photo site.(Sorry about the adjectives, but I’m trying to get a job writing for Groupon. Don’t tell EB, OK?)
For those of you who don’t know, stock photos are photos used by publishers who are too cheap to hire their own photographers – like us for example. Most stock photo sites charge a fee, called a royalty-fee, to publishers who want to use a photo or photos from their stock galleries. But being the cheap, parsimonious types we are, if there is something we can get free and use without paying a fee we feel freed from our near-bankruptcy – and that feels really good. After tittering on the brink for the last few years, struggling against the common enemies of humanity: hunger, thirst, the need for shelter, and good wine, we were momentarily taken aback when we saw this stock photo site offering license-free photos to the masses. Since were as much a part of the masses as anyone else, we were stunned by the seeming generosity of these fine folks.
All good fantasies must come to an end, said William Shakespeare of Pierre, S.D. And she was right (William is a nice name for a girl!). While you can download and use any of the tens of thousands of photos available on this site for your own personal use, you can’t use any of these photos and claim you took them yourself – or use them to make money like we are doing :-). Just kidding. We are not making money from these photos! Honest!
Anyway, most all of the photos on this site are super high-resolution. That means two things:
1. They’re very large and very clear.
2. If you’re on dialup and you want to see the full size images, start loading them and then go out to dinner – by the time you come back they’ll be done.
By now you’re all getting seriously peeved at my obvious attempt to yammer incessantly in my desperation to be hired by Groupon as a writer before EB fires me or cuts my salary again because she can’t afford such superior talent and wit. Hold on to your horses, I’m getting to the point where I’m about to tell you want you’ve been waiting to know.
By the whale – if you look to your left you’ll see TC in purple and EB in green – those are our favorite colors respectively. EB has really nice teeth. Don’t you think?
And did you know if you click on the small images on the left, you can see the full-size images on the Web? You can. Pay close attention to the EB/TC pictures. You’ll see that EB has very nice fur. I’m just sayin’.
What is this site? What’s it called? Show me how to get to it. Come on, quit the babbling and bring forth the link. I hear you! I feel your pain!
Oh… one more thing: you have to sign-up for an account to access the high-res images. All you need is love. No. All you need is an email address and a password – and we all have those don’t we!