6 Sources of Free Stock Photos

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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:

  1. The Gallery at Homestead on the Range
    Our growing collection of free stock photos features images in the categories of field, pasture, furry farmhands, garden, nature trail, and Kansas. Whenever possible, we have tried to provide specific information on such details as wildlife species and farm animal breed. Please see our stock photo terms of use before downloading.
  2. 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.
  3. Pippalunacy
    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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. Note that the NRCS has in the past requested a simple credit line. Additional permissions may be needed to use photos that include an identifiable person.

Please note that all of these sites have terms of use that must be followed to download the images. It is your responsibility to make sure you are following the rules!