Finding free stock photos that don’t require some kind of complicated attribution can be a challenge. But if you have a blog or content-driven website, it is a challenge that must be faced.
Allow us to recommend six sites with a good mix of farm, nature, rural, and Kansas photography:
- The Gallery at Homestead on the Range
- Wikimedia Commons
A must if you have a research-heavy site. While there are plenty of public domain images at the Wikimedia Commons, be aware that many of the photos do have various restrictions such as attribution. Check the license before downloading. Include the phrase public domain in your image search to whittle down your options up front.
Beautiful public domain photography heavy on rural, natural, and seasonal themes. Pay attention! You might spot a few photos there that you’ve seen before at our site!
- America’s Byways
Whether your interest leans toward Amish country, Coronado, Route 66, Paul Bunyan, or the Rocky Mountains, you will find some nice photos at this site from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Be sure to check the license of each individual photo before downloading, and don’t miss the Flint Hills and Wetlands & Wildlife scenic byways.
- USDA ARS Image Gallery
Photo topics include animals, crops, food, insects, natural resources, plants, and more. While all of the photos are in the public domain unless noted otherwise, the USDA ARS does request a simple credit line.
- NRCS Photo Gallery
USDA NRCS also makes photos available for download, illustrating topics such as backyard conservation, cover crops, dams, energy, grass, hay, irrigation, no-till, organic, pollinators, trees, water, wildlife, and much, much more. The photos can be sorted by state, if you choose. Note that the NRCS requests a simple credit line. Additional permissions may be needed to use photos that include an identifiable person.