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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Apr 24, 2018 9:49 PM CST
Would anyone like to be able to download a full size version of some of the great images at NGA for a background on their computer?

Would anyone like to contribute some of their beautiful images to be downloaded by others?
Keep in mind they are for backgrounds on monitors, so need to be large enough to fill a screen.

I originally posted a suggestion at the Site Talk forum to create a Background Image DB here at NGA, The thread "Would you like a Background Photo DB?" in Site Talk forum , but it didn't get enough support (7 thumbs/271 views).

Dave suggested posting here, and possibly linking to a photo sharing site. So if you would like to share your photos
in all their glory (vs the 1000 px cutdown version for post here), please offer them here with a link to
wherever you have them stored online.

You can stipulate that they be only used for personal use (or not), and can watermark or copyright them if you want.

I'll start it off with a slideshow of garden pics from 2016.
The images are 1600x1200, and ~200 kb - 500 kb.

If you see an image you like:
1. right click on it: select Save Image As (call it what you want, save it where you want)
Thumb of 2018-04-25/EscondidoCal/8eee0e

2. find the image wherever you saved it

3. right click on Set as Desktop Background
Thumb of 2018-04-25/EscondidoCal/c62488

I hope you will enjoy these images, and will make your images available for others to enjoy, too. Smiling

Learn & create something every day.
Our Duck Pond The thread "Pool to Natural Pond Conversion" in Ponds and Water Gardening forum
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North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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Apr 25, 2018 6:32 AM CST
Thumbs up

Great idea!
AKA Joey.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Apr 25, 2018 6:35 AM CST
I agree
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Apr 27, 2018 3:28 AM CST
This appears to be an excellent place to show & share your images.
Learn & create something every day.
Our Duck Pond The thread "Pool to Natural Pond Conversion" in Ponds and Water Gardening forum
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
I have no use for internet bullies!
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Plant Identifier Region: Georgia Native Plants and Wildflowers Composter Garden Sages Bookworm
Apr 27, 2018 5:21 AM CST
I agree that Pexels is a good place to share images but once an image is uploaded to Pexels, the original owner of that image is giving it away and cannot specify how or where it can be used. Pexels images can be used for any purpose, private or commercial.

Some folks might prefer to use image hosting sites where the images can only be shared with limited use.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
Herbs Annuals Hummingbirder Butterflies Garden Photography Cactus and Succulents
Birds Cat Lover Houseplants Garden Sages
May 15, 2018 2:49 PM CST
As a member who also happens to be someone who tries to sell pictures, I do not believe in any photo sharing of the size asked for. There are already enough places giving away pictures that you can use. I just think we need that here. Gene
Name: James
Anacortes, WA (Zone 8b)
(Heat zone - 1, Sunset zone - 5)
Region: Pacific Northwest Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents
Container Gardener Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Garden Procrastinator Garden Photography
Jun 11, 2018 11:21 PM CST
Every photo I've ever posted here shows up under Google search results and are readily available online already, so I see no issue with it. I have found pictures of mine on pinterest that were harvested from here as well. People are going to take it anyway, it might as well be a decent quality picture.
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