Saturday, December 29, 2012

July in December

 Maltese Cross is a lychnis.  My mom had this fine old fashioned perennial growing in her garden.  I need to get it to spread around a bit more in my garden.  The flowers are very good in boquets, also.
 The montebretia is a good cut flower too.  In the garden it needs to be staked to keep it from flopping over everything.  The humming birds love it.
 The red currant bush was loaded with fruit this year.  I still have currant jelly from a couple of years ago, so did not harvest the crop this year.
The sumac trees in the woodland.  I like these trees for a number of reasons... the foliage and the autumn color.  They sucker and are producing a small sumac grove in the corner of my woodland garden.  They do not live very long or grow too tall.  They are easily removed if  needed.

As you can see these are plants from July with Christmas colors.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward to an equally excellent year in 2013.

My new year's resolution is to get more of the albums for my web page finished.  I only managed to get the June Gardening album finished in 2012.  This is a start on the July album.  My travel page is getting further and further behind.  It was nice to have the Malta trip done up for show and tell to friends who were traveling there a few months ago. 

I have been spending far too much time chasing low lifes who have been stealing my photos from this blog and using them on their commercial web pages, and otherwise.  This is copy right infringement.  Anyone know a good lawyer who might work on a contingency basis?    In searching for help in this war I ran across this blog:   It is very informative, but as you can see from the comments,  these  thieves are everywhere and need more photographers to rally to the cause.  Why should we have our work stolen with no credit or compensation.  Why should the onus be on the photographer to find the law breakers and go to great expense and hours of time to get some justice?  The social media places like pininterest, facebook, and etc., seem to encourage this 'sharing' and make anyone using their sites have to 'opt out' of their sharing.  And this only after a class action suit.  Instagram is owned by Facebook and is, I believe the photo upload engine for the site.  They have recently been in the news for their terms of use that were set to give them the rights to use any photos loaded to FaceBook.  Who knew they even existed?
With regards to this blog, it is owned by Google and is free.  You get what you pay for.  I have found many of my garden photos taken from this blog and used all over the net.   I think most of the photos are from older posts.  Since Google changed the format for publishing to our blogspot blogs I have not been using as many tags, labels, or keywords.  I think this makes it harder for the google bots to find the images and therefore I am getting fewer hits from the search bots.  I find it inconvenient to add labels to my posts in this new format.  This may well be a blessing in disguise.  I don't need the low lifes stealing my photos, nor am I in need of hits and views on my blog, as there is no advertising here.  My web page never has photos stolen.  It is old fashioned and not built for being searched by the google bots and so is probably the safest place to keep my stuff.  I know where it is, and I can send anyone there when I have something to show them.  I own my own domain and Godaddy provides ample hosting space at very reasonable rates.  I am thinking of getting another domain to use to build a wordpress blog.. perhaps in 2013.  Where will I ever find the time?


Maggie said...

I do believe I have made a discovery. I have constantly been getting spam comments that I have 'marked as spam' and deleted. On this post I find the picture of the moss has been pinned and repinned several times on the Pininterest Site. The first pin was to a site selling makeup. The colors in the moss were used as advertising on some makeup called Autumn. In the spam comments I see the spammer praising this Autumn makeup. This Pininterest is an evil thing! I wonder if Google examines the spam that us bloggers put into our spam folders. I wonder if they would be interested in this mis-use of the blogs on blogspot.

Maggie said...

Here is a sample of all the spams I have been receiving and deleting. Sometimes 10 a day (with the offending spam site deleted from the comment, of course)
quote: Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Teach your children well...":

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results I want for my hair. The great thing is you only need a couple of pumps (too much can make your hair kind of hard - as if you were using a gel) and give you super defined curls w/o using gels,

hairsprays, individually twisting your curls, etc... It just gives you what you hope nature intended your hair to look like, w/o looking like you have a product in your hair - It has a nice mild smell and

gives you soft and bouncy curls - I use it to style and comb my hair (when wet) and then finish with a bit of MoroccanOil and have hair that looks great all day long

Anonymous said...

I don't receive the crappy spam as much as I used to; for awhile it was several each day. Maybe Google's spam filter has begun working.

Pinterest is where I first found stolen photos of mine; I shy away from that site.

Maggie said...

I saw lots of mine being pinned and repinned. I actually saw a couple of them that linked back to my blog. Perhaps that girl on Image Theft page was right.. you don't want anything stolen, don't load it to the net. And the bad guys win again.