This is a photo of Shyla that I took during a special moment high in the Rockies. I love sharing these photos with you because I feel that you understand that my photos are more than "pretty pictures" to me.
Last night, I was using my iPad, and I needed to take a quick look at this blog. I don't have it bookmarked so I did a quick Google search to find it. What came up first? Nope - not my blog.
The top hits were websites offering my photos for download as "wallpaper". Here's an example link.
I don't know if everyone feels the same way that I do about their photos. For me, it's the first artistic endeavor that I've felt allows me to express my emotions without words. The photo of sweet Shyla glowing on top of the mountain at sunset expresses my feelings about her, about the mountains, and about the peace that nature can bring us.
That's why it hurts me so deeply when I find my photos being tossed around like pretty little pictures, with no stories behind them.
It appears that some of the websites somehow automatically steal any photo that I post on this blog. Then the photo appears on their website for download. I need to figure out how stop that systematic theft - it's unconscionable. There's probably a software solution but it looks complicated.
I'll keep working on a solution. And I'll keep trying to take photos that reflect my inner feelings. I can't help it - it seems to be written in my genes. And, those genes were given to me by my mother so I can't turn them off.
A love of photography is one of many gifts my mother gave me, and I won't reject it.