Natural Clock

It looks like a dandelion, but it’s ten times bigger, and goes by a number of common names: western goat’s-beard, wild oysterplant, yellow goat’s beard and goatsbeard to name but a few. In fact it’s the seed-head of the western salsify (Tragopogon dubius ), a common inhabitant of roadside verges in Andalucia.

The image is number six of several botanic photographs I’ve been posting in the ‘Post Some of Your Art for 10 Days challenge’ on LinkedIn, a link to which is here, just scroll down and click on “Activity”.

Why linkedIn?

Simple, the more I’ve investigated Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the more I’ve realised the the companies could use and profit from my imagery – for which I would receive a great big nothing. Nuff said!

3 responses to “Natural Clock”

  1. Hi George. An interesting image

    If it about ten times bigger then I suspect that it about the size of an ‘Old Fashioned’ Jaffa Orange.
    The current supermarket offerings are about the same size but with skins that you could sole your shoes with.

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  2. You are not the first to worry about piracy. Most of my own images are posted on Facebook photo groups and I reduce image size considerably as A) it stops FB reducing it for me and making a hash of it! B) it deters copying.

    BUT, I downloaded your lovely dandelion image as a smallish jpeg (under 1024 px) which is fine for online use but not good for printing. However, I also possess software (two in fact) that make a brilliant job of resizing such downloaded images to printable sizes.

    They both use AI to add pixels rather than interpolate existing pixels as normal resizing does. The results are astounding.

    Another tactic that strikes me as clunky is to plaster a logo over part of the picture. Again, this is easy to clone out!

    So how to deal with theft? One way is to use image search and find where your image has been posted. But this is time consuming. Possibly, ChatGPT might be the way forward there?

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    • The nub of my post wasn’t so much about piracy Brian, it’s more a dislike of Messrs Zuckerburg and Musk using my images without payment, in apparent exchange for uploading them to their banal services.

      I have on several occasions found my images being used without permission or a licence. The reality is that if a copyright symbol is on an image, or included within a website, the viewer cannot claim it’s free to use by the simple act of removing the symbol. And if push comes to shove the miscreant has to prove they obtained it legally or through an agent. My experience with folk who’ve tried it, is that they generally pay up.


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